Dorothee Benz is the Communications Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She came to CCR with more than two decades experience as an editor, journalist, web manager, and communications strategist working for economic, social, and democratic rights. Benz previously worked for several major local and national unions, including most recently the United Federation of Teachers, as well as the Brennan Center for Justice. She has a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University. Benz has won numerous labor journalism awards, including the Oscar Jager Award from the Communications Workers of America and the Mary Heaton Vorse Award from the Metro New York Labor Communications Council, as well as awards for websites she has designed or redesigned. She has published articles in Politics and Society, Dissent, Working USA, New Labor Forum, In These Times and elsewhere. In her spare time, Benz works to overturn the anti-gay rules that bar LGBT people from marriage, ordination and, at the discretion of the pastor, even membership in the United Methodist Church. She was the founding chair of Methodists in New Directions. Benz is a bodybuilder, backpacker, Adirondack 46er and sandcastler.