Dr. Erin Kamler is an award-winning American writer, composer, musician and academic researcher who works at the intersection of feminist social justice and the arts. Over the past eleven years, Erin has worked as a researcher and gender equality and social inclusion consultant with international development agencies and NGOs including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, USAID, the International Finance Corporation, Human Rights Watch and Mercy Corps; and with numerous civil society organizations in Burma, Thailand, and throughout Southeast Asia. Her book, Rewriting the Victim: Dramatization as Research in Thailand’s Anti-trafficking Movement was recently published by Oxford University Press for their series on gender and international relations, and she has delivered lectures about her research at universities around the world. Recent musical projects include Divorce! The Musical, which won the 2009 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Book, Music and Lyrics and 2010 Backstage Garland Award for Best Playwriting and Musical Score and Runway Sixty-Nine, which won New Dramatists’ 2008 Frederick Loewe Award. A three-time winner of Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwright’s Festival, Erin’s plays have been workshopped at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, and New Dramatists, and her music can be heard in numerous albums and films. Erin holds a Ph.D. in Communication, an MA in Communication and an MA in International Public Diplomacy from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and a BA in Music Composition from Sarah Lawrence College. Erin divides her time between Southeast Asia and the United States, where she works as Assistant Professor of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI and Affiliated Researcher at Chiang Mai University.
For more information about Erin’s work visit www.erinkamler.net.