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Erin Elizabeth Mosely

African Studies, with a primary field in History

Erin Mosely is a doctoral candidate concentrating on African Studies and History. Her research explores the impact of global discourses such as human rights and transitional justice on the production of history in the wake of prolonged conflict and war. Particular interests include the politics of memory and memorialization practices, the role of legal procedure (broadly defined) in shaping individual narratives about the past, and the dynamic interplay between national, international, and local interests in determining how history gets framed and interpreted. She is also very interested in post-conflict artistic and cultural production, which may utilize very different idioms for explaining and representing past experiences of violence. Regionally, Erin’s work focuses on the Great Lakes region of Africa (specifically Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, and Uganda), though she has also done comparative research on South Africa, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.

In addition to her academic work, Erin has been involved in various other projects, including the development of a traveling history exhibit in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya; research for a torture reparations case in the UK (Ndiku Mutua and others v. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office); and youth empowerment and arts advocacy in Goma, DRC as a volunteer for the 2012 Salaam Kivu International Film Festival. She is currently conducting dissertation research in Rwanda on a Fulbright grant.

Erin received a B.A. in American Studies from Northwestern University in 2003 and a M.Sc. in Human Rights from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006.

Email: mosely@fas.harvard.edu