Marian Douglas


Birth Place: Washington, DC United States of America 

Father: Professor Joseph F. Douglas, Sr
Mother: Edna Nichols Douglas

A native of Washington, DC, Marian Douglas' expertise includes gender, ethnicity and diversity, radio and television journalism, communication research, and post-conflict mediation and reconstruction. 

She has worked in Africa, Europe and the Americas and her languages include French, Spanish and Italian and functional Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Macedonian. Ms Douglas is an observer member of ALNAP - the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action - an international forum for improving quality and accountability of humanitarian action, based at the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK.  

In September 2003 she joined more than 10,000 women to run the first International Women's 10K Run against HIV/AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya. 

She supports women's and girls' opportunities in recreational, team and individual sports & fitness, both as a strategy for women's participation in conflict resolution and civil society development and for individual well being. 

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Her gender work in the US has included service on the boards of the YWCA of York, PA, and the National Institute for Women of Color, founded by Sharon Parker in Washington, DC.  

Ms Douglas was a drafter of the 2002 Kampala Resolution on Women, Peace and Conflict, and also of the Vienna Declaration of Africans and African Descendants (2001). 

In 2001 she was an NGO delegate to the 2nd UN Prep Comm for the World Conference against Racism, held in Geneva, Switzerland.


Remarks of MSP Patricia Ferguson (Glasgow Maryhill) honouring Joseph F. Douglas, Sr. for Tartan Day 2001. From Scottish Parliament Official Report Vol 11, No 06, Thursday 15 March 2001.

"... Today, I was told of an interesting piece of history. Alexander Hamilton may have drafted the US constitution, which declares that all men are created equal, but it was black Scots Americansthe descendants of African slaves and Scottish settlerswho helped to give substance to those aspirations two centuries later. One of them was Professor Joseph Douglas. I do not have time to go into Professor Douglas's entire curriculum vitae, which is long and distinguished, but I will say that he is a lifelong campaigner in America for higher education for all and was the first black professor of engineering at Penn State University.

I wanted to mention Professor Douglas not only because of his Scots ancestry, but because he ties us in with the idea of using new technology. Professor Douglas's daughter, Marion, works for the United Nations in Macedonia. Having watched a meeting of our Equal Opportunities Committee in February this year, she brought Professor Douglas's heritage to our attention. She decided that, since she had, as it were, found the Scottish Parliament, she would tell us about her own heritage. It is interesting to note that new technology is beginning to reap dividends in promoting the culture of Scotland and the Parliament of Scotland as far afield as Macedonia."

[Actually Marian  lived in Skopje, Macedonia and worked nearby in Kosovo with OSCE - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe - not the UN.]