Mneesha Gellman



B.A. Bard College
M.A. University of Queensland
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Mneesha Gellman's research interests include comparative democratization, post-conflict reconstruction, cultural rights movements, and memory politics in the Global South. In Spring 2015, Gellman will teach Introduction to Global Studies and International Politics courses.

Gellman's current research looks at how citizens are formed during democratization processes in the formal education sector and in community-run spaces in post-conflict settings. Where the formal education sector does not include a robust rights agenda for minorities and indigenous people, Gellman investigates how museums and memorials serve as spaces that can integrate marginalized memories and identities into mainstream vernaculars. Her recent article in Third World Quarterly looks at the role of peace museums as alternative educational spaces in El Salvador and Sierra Leone.

Gellman's previous research examined how ethnic minority communities use memories of violence in mobilizations for cultural rights, particularly the right to mother tongue education. Using political ethnographic and comparative historical methods, this project documented how minorities use memories to shame states in order to foster increased cooperation with minority rights agendas, and argued that memory serves as an overlooked resource for marginalized populations in democratizing countries. Gellman current manuscript, "Memory Matters: Ethnic Minority Social Movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador," presents the results of this project.

Prior to coming to Emerson, Gellman was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Käte Hamburger Kolleg, University of Duisburg-Essen, in Duisburg, Germany. She has published in journals such as Democratization, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Asian Perspective, and Development in Practice. She has lived, worked, and studied on six continents, and may skip Antarctica in this lifetime.

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Mneesha Gellman