HHH alum Marchesi awarded Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Fellowship

Bridget Marchesi awarded Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship in affiliation with the Human Rights Program

Bridget Marchesi, PhD student in Political Science with a Human Rights Minor, was recently awarded a prestigious Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship from the graduate school to support her studies for the 2016-2017 school year. A fourth year student having recently defended her prospectus, Marchesi's dissertation focuses on phenomena surrounding the spread of transitional justice norms and practice:

Increasingly, states in transition are choosing restorative justice mechanisms such as truth commissions and reparations to address past human rights harms. Despite the global diffusion of the restorative justice discourse and the widespread adoption of domestic truth commissions and reparations policies, there is little evidence that restorative justice actually works to bring about improvements in human rights, democracy, or peace outcomes. Global policy diffusion despite the absence of evidence that truth commissions and reparations have positive impacts sets up a genuine puzzle. If restorative justice does not have these positive impacts, then why have restorative justice policies diffused so widely and why do state officials, advocates, and academics continue to make claims about policy efficacy? Her dissertation project focuses on two inter-related questions.The first question focuses on the causes of restorative justice policy diffusion. The second question focuses on evaluating the macro and micro-level impacts of restorative justice on human rights, democracy, and peace outcomes. She will draw on insights from political science, sociology, and anthropology in order to study restorative justice dynamics at the global and sub-national levels. She applies a multi-method, multi-level approach to explain restorative justice diffusion and evaluate its impacts at the global and sub-national levels.

Through her fellowship, Marchesi will focus on further developing a few of her dissertation's chapters. In particular, she will focus on the case of Colombia, which will help clarify explanations for diffusion (i.e. theory-building) and evaluate micro- and intermediate-level impacts of reparations on such outcomes as cohesion, rule of law, trust in the state, human security, and others (i.e. theory-testing).

Marchesi will hold her appointment in the Institute for Global Studies (Human Rights Program) and will work under the auspices of Humphrey associate professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, an expert on Colombia and bringing together multi-level, multi-methods research designs. Marchesi is also a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is working on a Carr Center and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative-affiliated evaluation of the Colombian Unidad para las Victimas and the Victims and Land Restitution Law.

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