I study ordinary people's participation in politics and violence during civil wars. I am interested in processes of counting, locating, naming, and memorializing the dead following wars and atrocities, and how these efforts mediate political relations between citizens and the state. I expect to complete my Ph.D. in political science at Georgetown University in 2017.
In my dissertation, I examined how civilians in democracies participate in rebel groups' ideas and violent acts, and how they perceive their options for political expression and resistance. I spent over ten months in the field in two countries - India and Peru - in throbbing cities and quiet villages and the roads that connect them. I conducted interviews with former left party leaders, activists, and peasants, and spent time in areas affected by wartime violence. I studied local and national documents in the archives and developed an ethnography of the ways that people understand their participation in a range of political activities, from protests and voting to civil resistance and seeking justice.
I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. During 2014-2016, as a postdoctoral researcher at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, I formed part of a research team committed to studying nonviolent action in violent settings. While I am in the field, I collaborate with the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF). I enjoy conducting research with colleagues from different disciplines and believe in our efforts to ask and answer questions about political and social realities.
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