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Kelebogile / ki-le-bu-hi-le / 1. I am grateful. [Setswana]

Zvobgo / zhrob-go / 1. That which has always been. [Shona]

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I am an Assistant Professor of Government at William & Mary, a faculty affiliate at the Global Research Institute, and the founder and director of the International Justice Lab. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2021. At USC, I was Provost's Fellow in the Social Sciences, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a recipient of the 2021 USC Ph.D. Achievement Award. I received my B.A. (with honors) in International Relations and French Language & Literature from Pomona College in 2014.


My research broadly engages questions in human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts, and has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Human Rights, and popular-press outlets like Foreign Policy and The Washington Post. I have won multiple awards for my work, including the award for best paper from the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association and the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2021, I received the Lawrence S. Finkelstein Prize from the International Studies Association's International Organization Section. 

Much of my past and ongoing work concerns quasi-judicial and judicial bodies that have proliferated around the globe over the past half-century to address serious violations of human rights law and humanitarian law. Thus far, my scholarship has centered on domestic truth commissions and international criminal tribunals, especially the International Criminal Court. 

Outside of academia, I am an avid traveler, runner, and dancer. My lightbulb moments tend to happen when I'm on the move.