Dr. Mayer is Associate Professor of Legal Studies , Department of Legal Studies, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in Middle Eastern studies, Islamic law and human rights law, she holds a PhD. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan as well as the J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive research experience in various countries of the Islamic world, including Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Tunisia. She has held visiting professorships at Georgetown and Princeton universities, served as consultant on human rights issues in the Middle East for the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights, and the U.S. Department of State, and is a member of the boards of several journals and academic associations devoted to human rights and Middle Eastern Studies. She has published extensively on Islamic law, human rights, legal reform and women's rights in the Middle East, and her monograph Islamic and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics has just been published in a third edition.