Sally Engle Merry

Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology and Law and Society at New York University. Her recent books include Colonizing Hawai‘i: The Cultural Power of Law (Princeton University Press, 2000), Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2006), Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Local and the Global, (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge University Press, 2007). She is past president of the Law and Society Association and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and President-elect of the American Ethnological Society. The Law and Society Association awarded her the Hurst Prize from for Colonizing Hawai‘i in 2002 and the Kalven Prize for overall scholarly contributions to sociolegal scholarship in 2007. The School of American Research awarded her the J.I.Staley Prize in 2010 for Human Rights and Gender Violence.