Cohen, Laura

Area of Study: 
Critical Genocide Studies, Transitional Justice, Memory Studies and Human Rights
Proposed Dissertation Topic: 

The Intersection of Transitional Justice and Mnemonic Battles at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Laura B. Cohen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Division of Global Affairs and a graduate assistant at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR) at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the impact of transitional justice and contested narratives at memorials erected at sites of atrocities in post-conflict societies. Laura’s forthcoming dissertation builds upon the extensive fieldwork she has conducted across Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2010. Additionally, her chapter about the Srebrenica Memorial will be published in the edited volume, “Understanding Atrocities” (University of Calgary Press, Forthcoming).
      Laura was one of fourteen junior scholars invited to participate in the Transatlantic Summer Institute on Reframing Mass Violence in Europe and the Americas that was co-organized and funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Universität Bayreuth (Germany, 2016). She has presented various aspects of her research about the memorialization of the Srebrenica genocide in numerous national and international conferences and on expert panels, including those convened by Columbia University's Harriman Institute (New York, 2016); Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (New Jersey, 2015); SUNY-New Paltz (New York, 2015); Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (New York, 2013 and 2015); the European Consortium for Political Research (Scotland, 2014); and the International Association of Genocide Scholars (Italy, 2013).
     Laura received her Master of Science degree from New York University’s Center of Global Affairs (CGA) in Human Rights in 2012 and earned a certificate in Human Rights Monitoring from the Human Rights Education Association in 2011. Laura’s background also includes a variety of international human rights- and humanitarian-focused internships and volunteering efforts in New York, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bangladesh. Previously, Laura’s professional career spanned fifteen years in the branding/marketing sectors, including stints at Ogilvy and Mather and MTV: Music Television. She earned a separate Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in 1999.

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