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 AffairsAmerican Ethnologist, The Times Literary Supplement,  Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Human Rights QuarterlyThe Americas: Quarterly Review of Latin American HistoryAnthropology in Action, Anthropological QuarterlyJournal of Latin American Studies, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Inside StoryReVistaTulsa Law ReviewHispanic America Historical Review, Journal of Anthropological ResearchPoLar: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Journal of Peace, Conflict and Development, Revista Andina,  Journal of Human Rights, and Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 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 of 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.

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5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi,always we are toking about the civilian what they suffer por any internal wars en my country Peru but when we going to talk about the order forces (police) they pass away and no body ask about human rights,they are too humans y what about after wars in Peru the government don’t have a politic what they going to recibe treatment about phiquiatric o civil reparation because sometimes they with out preparation was sending a horribles situation and thousand they lost his life and no body ask about that ,they are humans too .
    God bless you
    Edwing Robles

    I’m a president the Peruvian Police Retired of USA my e’mail is ; edrobles47@hotmail.com
    for any cuestions.

  2. Just finished watching The Milk of Sorrow with my wife and we found it quite moving. The library in my city doesn’t have Entre Prójimos or any of your other published work, but I’ll find it. Today was Remembrance Day and everyone focuses on the soldiers… nobody seems to notice the civilian victims. There’s a South African saying, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers”. You’re doing valuable work.

  3. Kathy Powers said:

    My name is Kathy Powers and I am a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. It looks like we just missed each other by a day. I will be here during the month of June. I study reparations efforts globally in the aftermath of political violence. I am particularly interested in the role of international institutions and international law in reparations efforts. My project focuses on the role of international legal personality in Bosnian reparations claims. I was a fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in the fall working on the institutional landscape of Holocaust restitution efforts. I would really like to talk to you about your work and wasn’t sure what email address to use to contact you.

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