Mneesha Gellman


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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, in Boston, MA, USA. My primary research interests include comparative democratization, post-violence memory politics, and social movements in the Global South.

My previous research examined how ethnic minority communities use memories of violence in mobilizations for cultural rights, particularly the right to mother tongue education, in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador. This work is presented in my forthcoming book, Democratization and Memories of Violence: Claiming Cultural Rights in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador, to be published in Routledge’s Global Cooperation Series in 2017. To order the book, please click here.

I have two current research projects that continue to explore links between rights, culture, identity, and democratization. The first focuses on how marginalized citizens advocate for their rights after violence and during periods of democratization, and the second considers how education and mother tongue language use affect citizen participation in civic, cultural, and political projects in Mexico and the United States.

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