Susan Waltz is a professor of public policy at the Ford School. She is a specialist in human rights and international affairs with regional expertise on North Africa. Waltz is author of Human Rights and Reform: Changing the Face of North African Politics (1995) and a series of articles on the historical origins of international human rights instruments. She also maintains the website Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards, hosted by the U-M.
For some fifteen years she was also involved in international efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty (successfully concluded in 2013). From 1993-99 Susan served on Amnesty International's International Executive Committee and since 2000 she has served terms on the national boards of the American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International USA and an executive committee overseeing the work of the Quaker United Nations Office, New York. Susan received her PhD in international studies from the University of Denver.