Laboratory Teaching and Mentoring

Principal Investigator. Varieties of Truth Commissions 


International Justice Lab, Fall 2019–Present

Security and Political Economy Lab, Spring 2018–Summer 2019

Research assistants coded data on the universe of truth commissions (1970 to 2018), including:

  • Commission mandates and investigative powers. 60 vars.

  • Commission policy recommendations (5,710 coded at the paragraph level). 70 vars.

  • Implementation of 647 recommendations in Guatemala, South Africa and Timor-Leste. 30 vars.

Co-Investigator. The World Bank & Human Rights (with Benjamin Graham) 


Security and Political Economy Lab, January–December 2017

Research assistants coded data on the universe of human rights complaints adjudicated by the World Bank’s Inspection Panel and Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (1993 to 2017), including:

  • Information about complainants, respondents, the associated World Bank project, the nature of the harms alleged, NGO assistance to complainants, and case outcomes (e.g., project change, compensation). 100 vars.

Students also produced the data visualizations and helped interview NGO representatives.

Classroom Teaching

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Instructor of Record, Transitional Justice in Question(s), William & Mary

  • Spring 2021 (upcoming)


Teaching Assistant, Law, Politics, and Public Policy, University of Southern California.

Teaching Awards and Qualifications

Additional training workshops listed on CV.

Certificate, Future Faculty Teaching Institute, USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, 2018

USC Award for Excellence in Teaching, USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, 2018

And nominee for the University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Best Teaching Assistant, USC Political Science and International Relations, 2017

Teaching Philosophy

Full statement available here.

The primary goal of my teaching is to develop student interest in political institutions and human behavior, and create a safe learning environment in which students are empowered to critically inquire into, de-construct, and re-construct the political world around them. Enhancing substantive knowledge, data literacy, oral and written communication, and teamwork are focal points of my teaching. These are critical for students’ personal and academic development, and post-baccalaureate endeavors. 

© 2020 by Kelebogile Zvobgo.