Mneesha Gellman


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, K├Ąte Hamburger Kolleg, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany. My primary research interests include comparative democratization, post-conflict reconstruction, cultural rights movements, and memory politics in the Global South.

My dissertation research examined how ethnic minority communities use memories of violence in mobilizations for cultural rights, particularly the right to mother tongue education, in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador. My current project in Sierra Leone focuses on how marginalized citizens advocate for their rights during periods of democratization, and how peace education and mother tongue languages are included and excluded in the formal education sector.

I hold a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and an MA in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, Australia. I will join the Emerson College faculty in Boston, MA, in January 2015.

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