2020 marks the 9th year of the AHDA fellowship program. Since 2012, the fellowship has hosted 96 fellows who represent over 47 countries and territories. Below please find information regarding the professional interests and accomplishments of fellows and alumni. While at Columbia, fellows design individual projects that address some aspect of a history of gross human rights violations in their society, country, and/or region.
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Erica Fugger is an oral historian at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. She is returning to New York this fall as an Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
Erica is currently developing educational resources and community partnerships for the National Home Front Project, which collects and preserves civilian memories of World War II across the United States. As a historian and educator, her work explores the lasting impact of war and possible paths towards peace in America and beyond. Through this fellowship, she hopes to deepen the National Home Front Project's emphasis on documenting human rights violations in the U.S. during World War II.
Erica previously worked and studied at Columbia University in various roles, including Collections Manager of the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives and Project Coordinator of the Oral History MA program. In her spare time, she offers interview workshops and project consultations to groups around the globe.
Jasmine Lazovic is a founder and program associate of the Belgrade-based non-governmental organization Center for Public History. After she graduated journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences, she obtained an MA degree in international humanitarian law and human rights. First professional experience she gained during the internship conducted at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Netherlands in 2008/2009. Through her engagement at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights she mainly worked on transitional justice programs, dealing the past and regional cooperation. She was engaged in advocacy campaign for the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office in the Western Balkans. She is an alumni of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. In 2014 she participated in a professional exchange between Kosovo and Serbia, supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy. Since 2014 she has been a member of the trans-European network of memory practicioners - Memory Lab.
Sunji Lee holds a PhD in education at the Tokyo University in Japan. He currently works as a research fellow for young scientists in Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has an expertise in teaching undergraduate students at a number of universities. He taught the courses “Philosophy of Education”, “History of Education.” He applies his long-standing inerest in the education of earthquakes, world war, and the damage from atomic bombing in Japan. He plans to develop a project proposal that will focus on the school trip to Fukushima.
Sociologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and scholarship holder of the TyPA Laboratory of Museum Management 2018, organized by the Fundación TyPA (Argentina), she has dedicated her academic and professional work to researching the experiences and signficative learning of visitors of various cultural organizations. Since 2017, she has been working at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, where she has strongly promoted the use of studies and evaluations to make strategic decisions within the institution.
I am a researcher at the Université Catholique de Louvain and a Fulbright fellow at Columbia University. My rather eclectic academic background is in the fields of Sociology, Theology and Religious Studies, and Comparative Literature. I received my Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from UCLouvain (Belgium) and a doctorate in Theology from KU Leuven (Belgium). For the last six years, my research has focused on the intersections of religion, conflict, and collective memory, primarily in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My project at AHDA, entitled Divided Bridges, aims at (re)discovering peacebuilding potentials in the major religious traditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Religions understand themselves as bridges between people, spiritually grounded instruments of peace. The project is envisaged as a combination of a website, workshops, and public talks. It aspires to provide a platform for open and inclusive discussions about the social role of religion. Far from being apologetic or oblivious towards past crimes, it desires to address “difficult history” in a direct yet responsible way. By engaging in the concrete theological and spiritual heritage of local religious traditions, while remaining conscious of the history of religiously inspired violence, the project aims to develop strong and resilient networks of peace-oriented citizens.
Dorcas Francis Werson (South Sudan) has an LLB (University of Juba) and a Certificate in Women Leadership Program. she is an Alumina of Young African leadership initiative (YALI) and has over three years of experience in the community development sector, focusing on peacebuilding and human protection. Dorcas has working experience with the Ceasefire Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism, South Sudan Network for Democratic Election, Forcier Consulting, and volunteer work with the University of Juba Rotaract Club. Currently, Dorcas is an Advocacy officer for the civil society organization The Advocates for Human Rights and Democracy (TAHURID), where she focuses on initiating, designing, and implementing peacebuilding activities and advocating for promotion of Human Rights in the region. She is driven by her commitment to social justice and one day she hopes to witness a completely liberated and equal society.
Sarah C. Bishop is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her recent book, U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories won a 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association as well as the 2017 Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award.
Bishop specializes in research concerning the interactions of nationalism, citizenship, migration, and media. Her second book, Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. At Baruch, Bishop teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate classes in Gender/Race/Ethnicity in Communication, Media and Migration, Global Communication, Privilege and Difference, and Digital Media Culture.
Nicolas B. Habarugira is a Rwandan social scientist and researcher who has worked with non-governmental organizations for many years in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region. He is a community worker and human rights activist who worked as a participatory action researcher with the Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda starting from 2014. The organization promotes psychosocial well-being in Rwanda through interventions focusing on healing, reconciliation and social cohesion. Community Based Sociotherapy addresses post-genocide issues, including trauma healing, reconciliation and restoring the social fabric as a contribution to Rwanda’s transitional justice initiatives.
Korab Krasniqi has expertise in dealing with the past, conflict transformation, and memory work, with proven ability in project management, monitoring and evaluation. He is also engaged in researching collective memory and oral histories of ordinary people, wartime survivors and family members of missing persons. With a background in psychology and political science, Krasniqi is engaged in numerous national, regional and trans-European projects and processes that foster inter-ethnic dialogue, conflict transformation, and reconciliation. He is also a trainer on critical thinking and writing, and activism. Krasniqi’s experience also expands to journalism in written media, translation, emotional support and counselling.
Samantha N. Mandiveyi is a social Lab Associate at Trust Africa for the Gateway Zimbabwe lab, a project that seeks to foster generative and sustainable peace in Zimbabwe by incorporating methodologies such as Process Work & Historical Dialogue.
Mandiveyi is also Director and Editor at Magamba Network that works to create a free and democratic Zimbabwe through creative forms of expression. One of the projects she has directed and edited is Zimbabwe’s first political satire news show, “The Week,” which has generated over two million views. For the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum of Atlanta, Mandiveyi produced and edited a documentary titled, “They Shall Be Remembered.” It focuses on the personal stories of holocaust survivors in an effort to document their experience and share their stories with future generations long after they are gone.
Linda J. Mann holds a Ph.D in Education Policy from George Mason University. Her scholarship focuses broadly on the history of American education policy, with specializations in education practices during the historical periods of enslavement, Jim Crow, massive resistance and the re-segregation of US public schools. Currently, Mann is the VP of Research for the Georgetown Memory Project (GMP), an independent research institution dedicated to uncovering empirical data on slavery and its modern-day impacts. Since 2015, the GMP has been deeply engaged in the work of systematically identifying and locating nearly 300 enslaved people sold by Georgetown University and the Maryland Jesuits to three sugar plantations in southern Louisiana in 1838 (known as “the GU272”), and tracing their direct descendants. The success of this research has resulted in the unification of families torn apart 150 years ago.
As an AHDA Fellow, Mann will be developing an oral history project to document the voices of the GU272 descendants. This project will explore what restoring justice means to the descendants of enslaved peoples as well as advance our understanding on how institutions can restore justice for their slave pasts and further the narrative on how meaningful repair might be achieved.
Kartika Pratiwi was born in Indonesia and graduated with a Masters’ in Cultural Studies. She has been an independent researcher with an interest in narrative discourse about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia and Chinese-Indonesian issues.
Since 2008, Pratiwi was part of Kotakhitam Forum – an independent organization, dedicated to research, workshops and documentary movie production for social and political changes. During that time, she was involved in producing video archives on Indonesian political history and collective memory as well as the documentary film, Api Kartini (2012). With Kotakhitam Forum, Pratiwi regularly runs projects to facilitate history teachers and youth to use popular media as a learning tool in schools.
Since 2015, she has worked for EngageMedia, a non-profit organization that provides strategies for the effective use of video distribution, connecting video makers, journalists, and activists. In 2017, Pratiwi also served as a John Darling fellow at the Herb Feith Foundation.
Bayar Mustafa Sevdeen is an assistant professor at the College of International Studies at the American University of Kurdistan. He has fifteen years of expertise in supervising and teaching undergraduate and graduate students at a number of universities. Sevdeenhas taught the courses “Turkey and Iran Politics”, “Modern History of Europe”, “Political History of Kurdistan/Iraq and international Issues”. He is currently active in two projects: Politics of Kurds and Kurdistan and the survival and societal transformation among the Yazidis after the last genocide.
In addition, Sevdeen has been working as advisor at the International Middle-East Peace Research Center (IMPR) since 2012. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at the American University of Kurdistan (AUK). He has also worked in the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the ‘Turkey division’ as a diplomat during period from 2010 to 2013.