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Senior Lecturer Emerita

Donna LeFebvre

Discipline: Political Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Donna LeFebvre is delighted to be teaching on her sixth Semester at Sea voyage in Fall 2021, having sailed previously on the Spring 2003, Spring 2008, Spring 2012, Fall 2015, and the Spring 2019 voyages. Donna is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Juris Doctor degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her B.A. (English and Art History) from the University of South Carolina.

Donna’s teaching areas are international criminal and human rights law, including present-day genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; global violence against women; U.S. criminal law; civil rights; and morality, ethics, and the law. She is a passionate advocate of community-based learning and study abroad, and she believes that Semester at Sea is by far the best comparative study abroad program anywhere. Donna has won UNC campus-wide awards for teaching excellence; for her dedication to experiential learning; and for public service.

Before teaching at UNC Chapel Hill, Donna practiced law for seven years, specializing in civil rights and criminal law. She was also director of a state-wide, prisoner legal services program and has also had 3 other, shorter careers in different areas. She very much enjoys talking with Semester at Sea students about their career options. Because of her enthusiasm for global education, she has taught abroad for 12 semesters in the following places: Eritrea (East Africa); London; Rwanda; Tanzania; The Hague (Netherlands); South Africa; Semester at Sea; and in Montenegro, in the Balkans, as a Fulbright Scholar. Donna loves learning about other cultures and has been to more than 70 countries. She is very excited about getting to know her Spring 2022 students and the rest of the shipboard community.