Mneesha Gellman


Thanks for looking at my website. I’m Mneesha Gellman, and I completed my PhD in Political Science at Northwestern University in December 2013. My dissertation looked at 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. I currently live in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where I’m researching education policy and becoming an expert finger-painting assistant to my two year old. I’m interested in how marginalized citizens advocate for their rights during periods of democratization, and how cultural myths and stories find their way into classrooms where they contribute to citizen formation. I also spend significant time thinking of new ways to cook potato leaves.

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