Kelsey Lizotte

Area of Study: 
Conflict resolution; critical genocide studies; critical theory; ethnicity, race and nationalism; ethics; global history; international human rights; and international law
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Kelsey Lizotte (Ph.D. Candidate) is currently a Lemkin Graduate Student Fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and lecturer in the Graduate English Language Learners program at Rutgers- New Brunswick. From 2015 to 2017, she taught courses in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers- Newark, on topics such as human rights, American foreign policy, and global development. Kelsey received an M.S. from the DGA in 2015 with a concentration in Conflict and Human Rights. In 2013, she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Africana and Latino Studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Kelsey’s doctoral dissertation, Rethinking Reparations: Repairing the Past, Transforming History, seeks to interrogate assumptions about the legalistic, individual and transactional nature of reparations politics—proposing a way forward which is centered on democratic participation and structural reform.
Research Activities
Selected Conference Presentations:

  • “The Case for Reparations, Beyond the American Legal Paradigm” Large Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths, Summer Institute (June 2017) Kean University, Union, NJ
  • “Rethinking Reparations: Historical Injustice and the Politics of Repair”75th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference (April 2017) Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
  • “Critical Theory, Historical Analysis and Emancipatory Politics of Repair” 8th Annual Texas A&M History Conference: History from All Perspectives (March 2017) Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • “Rethinking Reparations: Repairing the Past and Transforming History” 2016 Millennium Conference: Racialized Realities in World Politics (October 2016) The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
  • “The Modern Nation State and Settler Colonial Narratives: Memory, Forgetting and Genocide Denial” Translating Memory and Remembrance Across the Disciplines (October 2015) State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

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