Erin Elizabeth Mosely
Class of 2016
Erin Mosely is Assistant Professor of African History at Chapman University. Her research explores the impact of global discourses such as human rights and transitional justice on the production of history in the wake of prolonged conflict and war. Particular interests include the politics of memory and memorialization practices, atrocity archiving, the role of legal procedure (broadly defined) in shaping individual narratives about the past, and the dynamic interplay between national, international, and local interests in determining how history gets framed and interpreted. She is also very interested in post-conflict artistic and cultural production, which may utilize very different idioms for explaining and representing past experiences of violence. Geographically, Erin’s work focuses on Central and East Africa, especially the Great Lakes region, though she has also done comparative research on South Africa, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.
In addition to her academic work, Erin has been involved in various other projects, including the development of a traveling history exhibit in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya; research for the landmark Mau Mau reparations case in London's High Court (Ndiku Mutua and others v. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office); and youth empowerment and arts advocacy in Goma, DRC as a volunteer for the 2012 Salaam Kivu International Film Festival.
After conducting 18 months of field research in Rwanda, during which time she was also a volunteer at the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, Erin is now completing her dissertation, entitled "The Future of Rwanda's Past: Transitional Justice, Archival Practice, and the Remaking of History after Genocide."