Visiting Scholars


Iván Arenas (2012-2014)

Iván Arenas (2012-2014) is a Mexican-American scholar whose work focuses on the relationship between urban space and political subjects through the lens of social mobilization, aesthetics, and collective memory. He received his B.A. in Architecture and Anthropology at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC-Berkeley. As part of the SJI team at UIC, he is working collaboratively with other faculty and students to strategize and implement the launch and foundation of the Social Justice Initiative. As part of the SJI team at UIC, he is helping to develop SJI’s Pop Up Just Art Space— sites fostering collective conversations and thought through provocative aesthetic expression. This year he will curate a citywide exhibition on The Art of Protest in Oaxaca. Along with supporting the SJI, he is currently working on articles and a book manuscript assessing how the art of protest from Oaxaca’s popular uprising of 2006 reconfigured conceptions of public space, rights to the city, and redefined political participation by questioning the role of democratic government in Mexico’s future. In addition to his scholarly research, he is a practicing artist and is trained as an architect.

Rose Brewer

Rose M. Brewer (2012-2013)

Rose M. Brewer (2012-2013) is the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Past Chairperson of the African American & African Studies Department at The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also is an affiliated faculty member in the Departments of Sociology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She received her B.A degree in Sociology and History from Northeastern State College (now University), and M.A and Ph.D degrees in Sociology from Indiana University with post-doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of Chicago. She has published extensively on political economy, intersectionality, Black women, race, class and gender, and political change. Her most recent books are the co-authored,The Color of Wealth (2006) and, The United States Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement (2010). The Color of Wealthreceived the Gustavus- Meyer national book award in 2006. She is also the co-editor of three other edited volumes. In 2009, Dr. Brewer was awarded the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women’s Scholar Lectureship. She is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota and the recipient of the Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the University. Scholarship and activism are deeply interwined in Dr. Brewer’s life. She serves on the editorial board of the Black Commentator and continues to build with the National Planning Committee, the United States Social Forum. During the academic year 2012-2013, she is a visiting scholar in the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Jane Addams Distinguished

Social Justice Visiting Fellow

The Jane Addams Distinguished Social Justice Visiting Fellow honors the legacy and tradition of Chicago’s own Nobel Peace Laureate, Jane Addams. The distinguished fellow is a position that is co-hosted by the Jane Addams College of Social Work. The Jane Addams fellow makes multiple visits to UIC throughout their tenure and may give lectures, hold strategy sessions, and engage with community partners.

Jody Williams

Jody Williams

Jane Addams Distinguished

Social Justice Visiting Fellow 2012-2013

Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. At that time, she became the 10th woman – and third American woman – in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize. She is a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights. Since January of 2006, Jody Williams has chaired the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Since 1998, Williams has also served as a Campaign Ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She holds the Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professorship in Peace and Social Justice at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston where she has been teaching since 2003. In academic year 2012-2013, she became the inaugural Jane Addams Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Social Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her new memoir on life as a grassroots activist, My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, was released by the University of California Press in March 2013.