I’ve been appointed to the position of Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. The non-profit investigative center is headed by Florence George Graves, and co-directed by E.J. Graff. The appointment stemmed from the investigative work I’ve been doing over the past year, regarding international adoption corruption in Guatemala.
It’s such an incredible honor to be able to work with these two journalists- they’re both straight-up inspirational. Check out their bios:
FLORENCE GEORGE GRAVES is founding director of The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University (www.brandeis.edu/investigate), the first independent reporting center based at a university. Her work focuses on revealing abuses of government and corporate power and inequities between the powerful and the powerless. Founded in 2004, The Institute has collaborated with a number of major news organizations, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy magazine, PBS NOW, The Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, and SLATE. Graves was the lead reporter in a six-month collaboration between the Institute and The Washington Post, for a 2006 investigation which revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had failed to probe allegations—as federal regulations required—that thousands of unapproved parts manufactured from 1994 to 2002 were installed on Boeing jets. In a1992 collaboration with the The Washington Post, she and a colleague broke the Senator Bob Packwood sexual misconduct story, leading to an historic three-year Senate investigation, a Supreme Court battle, a threat to the senator and finally his forced resignation. Graves has received fellowships and awards from the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard’s Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pope Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She founded the Washington D.C. based award-winning and nationally circulated muckraking journal, Common Cause Magazine. Her has work led to congressional hearings and to reforms in public policies, and has received major awards including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the highest award given in magazine journalism.
E.J. GRAFF is Associate Director, Senior Researcher, and head of the Gender and Justice Project, where she is investigating and exposing some of the serious inequities, injustices, and human rights issues that confront many women. Since 2001, she has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. As an author and journalist, Graff has written widely about issues of marriage and family, women’s lives, and the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgendered people. Her widely praised work is often cited in legal journals, reprinted for use in academic courses and textbooks, entered as courtroom exhibits, and quoted by government policymaking bodies. In addition to having written two books, Graff is a contributor to Slate’s XX Factor and to TPMCafe.com. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic, Salon.com, Village Voice, Women’s Review of Books, and in more than a dozen anthologies. As an expert in social policy, she has appeared in several documentaries; is regularly interviewed by public and commercial media outlets such as NPR, ABC, CBC, BBC, PBS, MTV, satellite radio, and cable news; and gives talks and engages in debates at universities, conventions, churches, synagogues, and other public forums, in the U.S. and abroad. During the 2000-2001 academic year, she was a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Journalism at Harvard Law School, where she examined the intersection of law and social values. In 2001, she received The Nation Institute Investigative Fund Research Award to expose injustices based on gender identity and presentation. From 1997 to 1999, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Schlesinger Library, where she wrote her first book.