Sally Engle Merry ’66
Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women

Sally Engle Merry
Sally Engle Merry is a senior scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University. She is also the Faculty Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law and past president of the American Ethnological Society.  

She is the author or editor of eight books and over one hundred articles.  Her recent books include Colonizing Hawai‘i (Princeton, 2000),  Human Rights and Gender Violence (Chicago,  2006), Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells, 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge, 2007).    

She received the Hurst Prize for Colonizing Hawai‘i in 2002, the Kalven Prize for scholarly contributions to sociolegal scholarship in 2007, and the  J.I. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010.  

In 2013 she received an honorary degree from McGill School of Law and was the focus of an Author Colloquium at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.  She is an adjunct professor at Australian National University.  She is currently writing a book on indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance.