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Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University Faculty

Professor Howard N. Fenton

is the director of the Center and teaches Comparative Administrative Law and the Rule of Law Seminar. He received both his B.S. and J.D. with honors from the University of Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in administrative and legislative law as well as public international and international trade law. For almost 20 years, he has consulted on law reform in developing democracies, focusing on reforms in administrative law and procedure, the legislative process, and public participation and awareness. He has authored numerous materials on law reform and served as chief of party for the USAID funded Rule of Law Project in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 2001-02.


Professor Robert Alexander

is a professor of political science at Ohio Northern University. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including introduction to American politics, introduction to political science, state and local government, public administration, interest groups and political parties, mass political behavior, mass media and politics, film and politics, presidency, and Congress. He has been published two books examining the role of interest groups in the American political system. Additionally, his research has appeared in a number of academic journals. Dr. Alexander’s most recent project is a book examining the Electoral College. The book draws upon surveys of presidential electors he has collected with students over the past three elections. In addition to his research, he has been recognized for his teaching through numerous teaching awards. Professor Alexander is a frequent contributor to media outlets, having been interviewed in over 100 instances by print, television and radio media. He has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and NPR’s Day to Day as well as being cited in newspapers from Japan, Singapore, Slovakia, and Poland.


Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali

joined the College of Law in 2008 and teaches International Human Rights Law, International Comparative Law: NGOs, and Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies. He holds a law degree from the National University of Rwanda, an M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in law from Karl Franzens University-Graz in Austria. He has taught at Notre Dame Law School and different universities in the U.S., Africa and Europe. He was dean of the law school at the National University of Rwanda from 1998-2002 and contributed significantly to the legal and institutional rebuilding of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. He has worked as consultant for numerous international organizations and has published multiple articles and book chapters in Africa, Europe and United States.


Professor Brian Anderson

is Assistant Director of the LL.M. program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law and Assistant Professor of Law at ONU Law.  Prior to his position at Assistant Director he was an Associate Professor and a Librarian at ONU's Taggart Law Library, teaching courses in research and legal analysis, and writing in the area of legal information management in emerging democracies. Before commencing his academic career, Professor Anderson served as a law clerk and legal advisor to Aloysie Cyanzayire, then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda. In that capacity he also assisted with the MCC Rwanda Justice Strengthening Project on legal education reform in Rwanda, and overall justice sector support. Professor Anderson studied law at Ohio Northern University, graduating with high distinction. He later earned his LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from ONU, and his Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His B.A. is from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.


Rebecca Watercutter

is the Director of Foundation, Government and Academic Grants at Ohio Northern University. She has been involved with the pre-award side of grants since 2003 when she was hired as the Coordinator of Proposal Development. In 2008, she was given her current title and recently her position was moved from the Office of University Advancement to Academic Affairs. Her background is in journalism, having worked at three different Ohio newspapers over 25 years as reporter, news editor and managing editor. She received her bachelor of science degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. She has been a member of the Sponsored Research Administrators International (SRA) since 2009 and is the secretary-elect for the Ohio Chapter. She also belongs to the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).


Richard Bales

(ex officio) became the Dean of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at ONU in 2013. He has published more than eighty scholarly articles and authored or co-authored five books, on employment arbitration, alternative dispute resolution in the workplace, employment law, labor law, and arbitration law. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Specialist, once each to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, and has made recent presentations in Berlin, Brisbane, Cartagena, Moscow, Paris, Phnom Penh, Prato (Italy), Saigon, and Siem Reap. Before coming to ONU Law, Dean Bales was a faculty member at NKU Chase College of Law, where he was the Director of the Advocacy Center and he was Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Before that, he taught at the University of Montana Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and University of Houston Law School. Prior to his teaching career Dean Bales litigated employment cases for the Houston-based law firm of Baker & Botts and the Cleveland-based law firm of Baker & Hostetler.