PhD, Department of Anthropology “Contesting Community: Legalized Reconciliation Efforts in the Aftermath of Genocide in Rwanda”, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
BA, Williams College, 1998
Prof Doughty’s current research is driven by an interest in understanding how the contemporary global preoccupation with law and human rights as universalizing frameworks for post-conflict reconciliation shape people’s own efforts to rebuild their lives in the wake of violence. She is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled Remediation of Rwanda: Decentralizing Law and the Cultural Politics of Reconciliation, which examines the intersection of law, rights, and collective belonging in post-genocide Rwanda. It is based on 18 months of ethnographic research with grassroots legal forums in Rwanda, including genocide courts (gacaca courts) in which suspects from the 1994 genocide were tried among their neighbors before locally elected judges, as well as mediation committees for ordinary disputes (comite y'abunzi) and a legal aid clinic. Prof Doughty has also researched and/or written on memorialization and education in Rwanda, and on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Fellowships, Honors & Awards
- Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for Rwanda, 2007-2008
- Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, 2007-2008
- National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics, 2007-2008
Courses Offered (subject to change)
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2013)
- Post Conflict Justice (Fall 2013)
- Il/Legal Anthropology (Spring 2014)
- Ethnographic Themes (Spring 2014)
- Under Review. Remediation of Rwanda: Decentralizing Law and the Cultural Politics of Reconciliation
- Under Review. “Gacaca Days: Contextualizing and Contesting Law in Rwanda.”
- Doughty, Kristin C. September 2011. “Memorials, Human Remains, and Controversy in Post-Genocide Rwanda.” Anthropology News.
- Doughty, Kristin C. 2008. “Commemoration and Narratives of Community Healing: Ten Years After the Rwandan Genocide.” In Toyin Falola and Matthew M Heaton, eds. Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.