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Diana Anders

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7333
1 Wash Pl, Room 603

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Diana Anders’ teaching and research interests include international humanitarian and human rights law, feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, political theory and rhetoric. Her dissertation critically examined the rhetoric of healing in international humanitarian legal discourse, wherein war crimes trials are understood as vehicles for healing victims’ trauma. She has taught interdisciplinary classes on analytical writing, political theory, humanitarian law and human rights at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Diana served as the Chief Editor of Qui Parle, an interdisciplinary journal of the humanities and social sciences in 2008, and was part of its editorial board in 2007. Her current research projects focus on topics such as the discourse of juridical healing as a mode of power that aims to neutralize political activity, and on the United Nation’s Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine. She situates R2P in a moral-political economy of protection that simultaneously fortifies a novel form of global governance and bolsters national sovereignty. In particular, she is interested in exploring the tension between R2P’s power to authorize military intervention on the one hand, and its endorsement by the ostensibly non-violent, politically neutral and “humane” International Criminal Court on the other.

Teaching and Research Interests

international humanitarian law and human rights; feminist and queer theory; political theory; critical theory; psychoanalysis; rhetoric

Diana Anders


B.A. Women’s Studies & Public Policy, Occidental College, 1995
M.Sc. Gender Studies, London School of Economics, 2002
Ph.D. Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 2012


2017 Fall

Trauma, Communities, and the Politics of Suffering

2016 Spring

Politics of Protection and Global Governance

2015 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: Narrative as Catharsis: A Critical Look