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
- Professor of the Year in the Social Sciences, awarded by University of Rochester Student Association, 2014.
- 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)
- Ant 230: War, Genocide and Justice (Fall 2014)
- Ant 308: Advanced Topics Seminar: Anthropology of Land and Energy (Fall 2014)
- Ant 204: Ethnographic Themes (Spring 2015)
- Humanities Seminar: Justice and Equality (Spring 2015)
- Doughty, Kristin C. 2014. "'Our goal is not to punish but to reconcile:' Mediation in Post-Genocide Rwanda." American Anthropologist. 116 (4).
- Doughty, Kristin C. Forthcoming. "Law and the Architecture of Social Repair: Gacaca days in post-genocide Rwanda." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
- Doughty, Kristin C. September 2011. “Memorials, Human Remains, and Controversy in Post-Genocide Rwanda.” Anthropology News.