Ann Marie Clark

Ann Marie Clark is interested in finding ways to create a more peaceful world. Her current research springs from her interest in global justice and her long-standing fascination with the question: Why do people decide to help strangers in need?

Professor Clark’s current project analyzes non-governmental organizations that try to improve lives and increase justice for others. While studying Amnesty International’s work to improve international human rights, she learned that many of Amnesty International’s records were not kept in one place and hadn’t been chronicled. She made it her goal to help preserve those records. Thousands of the group’s “Urgent Action Bulletins” were produced as a way to mobilize people to get quick action and prevent physical harm to those in harm’s way.

With the help of political science graduate students, she and a team of skilled library collaborators led by Paul Bracke (Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Purdue Libraries) have scanned the bulletins electronically and are using them to create a database for her research on the global uses of law and appeals on behalf of human rights. The project was funded by a grant for Enhancing Research in the Arts and the Humanities from Purdue. The team is also creating a digital collection of the documents that will be available to the public for research. Interested in how people are inspired to do the daily work of democracy, Professor Clark plans to continue studying activists who try to have a positive effect on human rights. 

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