Prof. Amara Pongsapich Ph.D., is a Professor at Chulalongkorn University and Chair of National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D., in Anthropology, 1967 – 1974. Prof. Amara Pongsapich graduated in Anthropology from the University of California at Davis and received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. After completing her degree she joined Chulalongkorn University in the Faculty of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. While teaching at the Faculty of Political Science she was also a researcher at the Social Research Institute (CUSRI). She spent all of her academic career at Chulalongkorn University and her positions at Chulalongkorn University included Director of the Social Research Institute (1987-93, 1997-2002), Vice President for Research (1993-96), and Dean of Faculty of Political Science (2002-2006). After retiring, the University honoured her with the title Professor Emeritus and requested that she continue providing her service to the University in the position of Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies during 2006-2009.