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Anthropology Department Faculty

Kristin Doughty

Kristin Doughty

  • Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011

437 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-5155

Office Hours: on leave Fall 2017

Research Overview

Prof Doughty's first book project, Remediation in Rwanda:Grassroots Legal Forums (University of Pennsylvania Press, Ethnography of Political Violence Series, 2016), was driven by an interest in understanding how the contemporary global preoccupation with law and human rights as universalizing frameworks for post-conflict reconciliation shape people’s own efforts to rebuild their lives in the wake of violence. The book examines the intersection of law, rights, and collective belonging in post-genocide Rwanda. It is based on 18 months of ethnographic research with grassroots legal forums in Rwanda, including genocide courts (gacaca courts) in which suspects from the 1994 genocide were tried among their neighbors before locally elected judges, as well as mediation committees for ordinary disputes (comite y'abunzi) and a legal aid clinic. Prof Doughty has also researched and/or written on memorialization and education in Rwanda, and on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Prof Doughty’s current research project examines the intersection of energy politics and post-genocide reconstruction in Rwanda through a focus on methane extraction in Lake Kivu. This research is funded by grants from the Wenner Gren foundation and National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

Book + Journal Articles

  • 2016. Remediation in Rwanda:Grassroots Legal Forums. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2017. "Sociality of Enforced Waiting in Rwanda's Post-genocide Legal Architecture” Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 40 (1): 122-136.
  • 2017." Language and International Criminal Justice in Africa: Interpretation at the ICTR" International Journal of Transitional Justice.
  • 2015. "Law and the Architecture of Social Repair: Gacaca days in post-genocide Rwanda." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.21 (2).
  • 2014. "'Our goal is not to punish but to reconcile:' Mediation in Post-Genocide Rwanda." American Anthropologist. 116 (4).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • 2017. “Grassroots Law in Context: Moving Beyond the Cultural Justification.” In Culture in the Domains of Law, Rene Provost, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2016“Interpreting Justice: The ICTR and Gacaca in Rwanda.”  In Africa and the International Criminal Court: Perceptions of Justice. Kamari Clarke, Abel Knotternus, and Ava J.A. de Volder, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


  • Ant 101: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Spring 2017)
  • Ant 230: War, Genocide, and Justice
  • Ant 104: Anthropology of Land and Energy

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Wenner Gren Post-Ph. D Research Grant, 2016-2017
  • National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Award, 2016-2019
  • Internal Junior Fellow, Humanities Center, University of Rochester, Spring 2016
  • Professor of the Year in the Social Sciences, awarded by University of Rochester Student Association, 2014.
  • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for Rwanda, 2007-2008
  • Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, 2007-2008
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics, 2007-2008