Eric Reeves is the recipient of the 16th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice for his work on the genocide and atrocities in Sudan. A Smith College Professor, Dr. Reeves has written and published extensively on Sudan for the past nine years. He has served as a researcher and consultant to numerous human rights and humanitarian organizations working in Sudan, and has testified formally on Sudan in a variety of governmental forums, including several Congressional hearings. His publications have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and many major American metropolitan newspapers, as well as international newspapers and journals. Longer essays on Sudan have appeared in Dissent, The Nation, Human Rights Review and African Studies
- His work is also published on a weekly basis in a variety of Sudanese magazines, newspapers, and websites. The contents of his website, www.sudanreeves.org, are archived by the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the United States Library of Congress.Dr. Reeves serves on the Advisory Board of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; the Board of Advisors for Genocide Watch and The International Campaign to End Genocide; and the Board of Advisors to the Darfur Peace and Development Association. He is a director of the “Schools for Sudan” initiative.
Professor Reeves is regularly asked to provide expert commentary on Sudan to the BBC, Radio France International, PBS, NPR, as well as to the major international news services and foreign correspondents for a wide range of publications. He is presently at work on a book-length study of American and international policy responses to Sudan over the last decade.
Dr. Reeves regularly donates proceeds from his speaking engagements to a Sudan relief fund and has taken unpaid leave from Smith to pursue his humanitarian work. He traveled to Sudan in 2003, to gain firsthand understanding of the situation and the Sudanese people. His book about his experience, A Long Day’s Dying, was published in 2007.
A decade ago, a conversation with a representative of the human rights group Doctors without Borders turned his attention to the violence in Sudan. The crisis, and its lack of a clear champion, compelled Reeves to integrate advocacy with his academic work at Smith College which focuses on Shakespeare, Milton and the literature of the English Renaissance. His commitment has grown over the past decade.