Beginning fall 2017, I will be the Postdoctoral Instructor with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago.
My work revolves around a seemingly simple question: why do people care (or not care) about the lives, deaths, and sufferings of faraway others? The history of human rights, as I see it, is a history of a global public learning to care about others, both down the street and halfway around the world. So what makes them care? A historian by training, I have attempted to answer these questions by considering the actors who have transmitted information of the lives, deaths, and sufferings of others to a global public. In my doctoral work, I looked at the forensic scientists who exhumed and investigated mass graves created by conflict and atrocity. In my current work, I am considering the contributions of women war correspondents to a growing global awareness of the concept and importance of human rights. I earned my Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley and previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
My writing has appeared in Atlas Obscura, Salon and on KQED, San Francisco's NPR station. An article on forensics and Holocaust prosecutions will be published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in winter 2018.