Assistant Director, Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy
A.B., Harvard University
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
J.D., University of Georgia
Laura Tate Kagel joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2011 as the assistant director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy.
Kagel assists in all aspects of management at the Rusk Center and aids in developing organizational linkages and increasing student involvement in and public awareness of the center's efforts. She administers the Rusk Center's study abroad programs in China and Europe, advances initiatives for overall institution building and organizes center conferences and lectures. In addition, she has editorial responsibility for Rusk Center publications, including the newsletter and Occasional Papers series.
Before joining the Rusk Center staff, Kagel filled a leadership role in international human rights advocacy as a state death penalty abolition coordinator for Amnesty International and served as vice chair of the nonprofit statewide coalition Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. In recent years Kagel also taught German language and culture as an adjunct instructor at Clemson University and the University of Georgia. She has published articles on both German law and literature and recently co-edited a volume of essays on German cultural studies.
Kagel studied the History and Literature of France and Germany as an undergraduate at Harvard University. She earned her Master of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in German from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Research in Germany for her dissertation, which focused on the emancipatory role assigned to literary education by the nineteenth-century German women's movement, was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2006, Kagel earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. As a law student, she served as executive conference editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a legal intern for both the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and the in-house counsel of a German multinational firm, Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH in Duisburg, Germany.