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Senior Lecturer Emerita

Donna LeFebvre

Discipline: Political Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Donna LeFebvre is delighted to be teaching on her fifth Semester at Sea voyage in spring 2019, having sailed previously on the Spring 2003, Spring 2008, Spring 2012, and Fall 15 voyages.  Professor LeFebvre 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.

Her 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. She has won UNC campus-wide awards for teaching excellence; dedication to experiential learning; and for public service.

Before teaching at UNC Chapel Hill, Professor LeFebvre practiced law for seven years, specializing in civil rights and criminal law. She also directed a state-wide, indigent legal services program (and has also had 3 other, shorter careers in different areas). She enjoys talking with Semester at Sea students about their career options. Because of her enthusiasm for global education, she has taught abroad for 11 semesters in the following locations: Eritrea (East Africa); London; Rwanda; Tanzania; The Hague (Netherlands); South Africa; Semester at Sea; and most recently, in Spring 17, in Montenegro in the Balkans, as a Fulbright Scholar. Professor LeFebvre loves learning about other cultures and has been to 60 countries. She is very excited about getting to know her Spring 2019 students and the rest of the shipboard community. Her husband, Bruce Siceloff, a print and online journalist, is happily joining her for the entire voyage.