Dr Rebekka Friedman
Senior Lecturer of International Relations
Department of War Studies
King’s College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7863
Office hours: I am on leave with limited availability until September 2018
I am a senior lecturer of International Relations. I am currently a visiting researcher at the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University in the US (until September 2018) and a fellow at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. My research and teaching are at the intersection of reconciliation, transitional justice, collective memory, gender and peace-building. I have cross-regional expertise, having conducted extensive field research in rural and urban areas in Peru, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. My book, Competing Memories: Truth and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Peru was published with Cambridge University Press in 2017. I am co-author (with Kirsten Ainley and Chris Mahony) of Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (Palgrave, 2015).
I hold an MA and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development from McGill University. I previously served as an editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
I am currently principal investigator of a two-year ESRC funded Future Research Leaders grant project, entitled, Hidden Voices. The project examines gendered experiences of marginalization and recovery in Sri Lanka and Colombia (https://hiddenvoices.co.uk)
I am also a co-investigator on an ESRC funded Justice, Conflict and Development project, researching the links between conflict resolution and justice in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Uganda.
My research interests fall in four broad areas.
- Reconciliation, healing and trauma: One of my primary research areas is reconciliation in divided societies and protracted social conflicts. I am currently working on a book manuscript on reconciliation and peace-building in Sierra Leone and Peru (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). I have a strong interest in qualitative and interpretive methodological approaches to the study of societal reconciliation. My current research agenda focuses on intergenerational trauma and reconciliation.
- Gender and peace-building: My second research interest lies in the gendered politics of peace-building, reintegration and healing. I recently carried out field research on the impact of formal and informal community healing initiatives in Northern Sri Lanka. I am interested in the intersections of gender and ethnicity and the politicization of women’s agency is post-conflict reconstruction and nation-building.
- Transitional justice: My third research interest examines how societies address the legacies of violence. My research bridges the theory and practice of transitional justice and peace-building, critically evaluating how to assess impact and success in peace processes. I recently published a co-edited book volume, together with Kirsten Ainley and Chris Mahony, examining Sierra Leone’s post-conflict transition ten years since the end of the civil war (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). I was the recipient of a Harvard University Radcliffe Institute grant for my collaborative research on transitional justice in Sri Lanka.
- Collective memory and identity politics: I study the role of memory in intragroup conflicts. I look at memory both as a driver of conflict, shaping individual and group identifications, as well as a conduit through which groups resolve past violence. I designed a forum on grief and trauma for Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 38, 2.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I am co-convener of the MA International Peace and Security Core Module
I teach the following MA courses:
7SSWM031 Law and Conflict in International Society
7SSWM223 Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law
I have worked as a consultant, speaker, editor, and researcher for a number of international organizations, academic institutions and research centres, including the Aspen Institute Germany, the University of Oxford Foreign Service Programme, the Balkan Institute, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the American University in Kosovo, where I helped design and teach a peace-building module. I am happy to speak and serve as a consultant on issues relating to reconciliation and transitional justice.