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Dissertation: "Finding the Lost: Forensics, DNA, and Transnational Advocacy Networks of Human Rights Workers "
My dissertation looks at how human rights workers use forensic and genetic technologies to resist repression and challenge dominant narratives of past political violence while also fighting for the goals of transitional justice, memory, and identity restitution of the disappeared. This project employs a multi-methodology approach including ethnographic, comparative historical, and content analysis to look at the rise and spread of forensic and genetic technologies in the field of human rights, as well as how these technologies are used by activist groups.
Fields of Study
Social Movements, Politics, Collective Memory, Gender, Human Rights and the Politics of Reproduction.
Grants and Awards
Department of Sociology UCLA Excellence in Teaching, 2013- 2014
Department of Sociology UCLA Excellence in Teaching, 2012- 2013
Department of Sociology UCLA Excellence in Teaching, 2011-2012
UCLA Sociology Department Summer Fellowship 2015
UCLA Latin American Institute Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship 2014
Department of Sociology Summer Fellowship 2014
Del Almo Spanish Cultures Summer Fellowship 2013
Graduate Research Summer Mentorship, 2012
Graduate Research Summer Mentorship, 2011
UCLA Sociology Department Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2015
Glaser Education Foundation Academic Scholarship, 2009
Professor Gail Kligman (Co-Chair), Professor Abigail Saguy (Co-Chair), Professor Hannah Landecker, Professor Geoff Robinson
C. Phil, UCLA, 2014
M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2010
B.A. Sociology (with highest honors), University of California Berkeley