Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies; Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Lee Ann De Reus is an Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Women Studies at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona and the co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA (www.panzifoundation.org). As a scholar-activist, she travels regularly to Panzi Hospital in eastern DR Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the U.S. She co-leads annual field experiences for PSU students to Rwanda and Mozambique. Dr. De Reus is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards from Penn State University in recognition of exemplary teaching and in honor of her commitment to global service and outreach. She is a featured activist in John Prendergast’s book, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes, a guest blogger for Women Under Siege, and a frequent speaker about the crisis in the DRC. Her presentations include TEDxPSU, Daring to Make a Difference for Congo and the Oslo Freedom Forum, A Different Kind of Warfare.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies; Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Education

  • 1997 
    Purdue University, PhD in Child Development & Family Studies; Minor in Women's Studies