I am a writer and medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America. My research interests include political violence, transitional justice, reconciliation, and the politics of post-war reparations. I am the author of many articles, commissioned reports, and two books. Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1st edition 2004; 2nd edition 2009) was awarded the Latin American Studies Association 2006 Premio Iberoamericano Book Award Honorable Mention for outstanding book in the social sciences published in Spanish or Portuguese. Entre Prójimos served as the primary inspiration for the film La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow), Claudia Llosa’s award-winning movie about sexual violence, memory and the complicated issue of reconciliation in ethnically-divided Peru. My second book, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) has been reviewed in London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, American Ethnologist, The Times Literary Supplement, Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Human Rights Quarterly, The Americas: Quarterly Review of Latin American History, Anthropology in Action, Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Latin American Studies, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Inside Story, ReVista, Tulsa Law Review, Hispanic America Historical Review, Journal of Anthropological Research, PoLar: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Journal of Peace, Conflict and Development, Revista Andina, Journal of Human Rights, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Dialectical Anthropology, and Latin American Politics and Society. Intimate Enemies was awarded the 2013 Honorable Mention from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for the Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for research on gender and health. I am now completing two book manuscripts. Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia is based on my research with former combatants from the paramilitaries, the FARC and the ELN. Sex at the Security Council: A Greater Measure of Justice draws upon my research in Peru on sexual violence, children born of wartime rape, and the politics of reparations. I completed my appointment as the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University in June 2014, and was then a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C for the 2014-2015 academic year. I am currently the Henry J. Leir Professor in International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and Academic Director of the Gender Analysis in International Studies specialty. For information on the program see http://fletcher.tufts.edu/Gender-Analysis-Women-Leadership. I am also a member of the Institute for Integrated Transition’s Law and Peace Practice Group.
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