Dr Sandra Phelps
BA, MA (University of Waikato), PhD (University of Sydney)
Dr Sandra Phelps is currently a visiting scholar at CPACS teaching Human Rights, Peace and Justice and writing a book on Kurdish women’s participation in religion and nationalism. Sandra completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2005. Since then, she has lived in Northern Iraq whilst researching gender, religion and ethnicity; as well as teaching sociological, postcolonial and feminist theories. Sandra is actively involved in Tolerancy International an Iraqi based INGO that holds inter-ethnic and inter-religious conferences and workshops to create opportunities for dialogue on issues such as reformation and secularism, transparency and the rule of law, reconciliation and human rights– particularly minority rights, women’s rights and freedom of the press. Her research interests lie in the intersecting areas of race, gender, religion and identity configuration as these pertain to concerns of human rights, violence and justice.