Gloria Yayra A. Ayee
February 2022 through August 2023
Dr. Gloria Yayra A. Ayee is a Lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. At the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project, she leads the Kellogg Foundation funded Global Processes of Justice, Truth-Telling and Healing initiative.
Gloria is a political scientist with expertise in behavior and identity politics, and race and ethnic politics. She teaches courses at Harvard College and at the Harvard Extension School. Her research and teaching interests center on American politics, comparative politics, human rights, transitional justice, truth and reconciliation commissions, race and civil rights policy, political reconciliation, media policy and politics, politics and popular culture. Gloria earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University. She also holds Master’s degrees in Political Science and Liberal Studies, both from Duke University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in English Literature from Dordt University.
Gloria is the co-editor (along with Elena V. Shabliy and Dmitry V. Kurochkin) of Global Perspectives on Women's Leadership and Gender (In)Equality (2020, Palgrave Macmillan) and Women’s Human Rights in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture (2020, Lexington Books). She is the co-author of “White House, Black Mother: Michelle Obama and the Politics of Motherhood as First Lady” (published in the journal Politics & Gender in 2019). She also co-authored “Race, Power, and Knowledge: Tracing the Roots of Exclusion in the Development of Political Science in the United States” (published in Politics, Groups, and Identities in 2016), which examines the complex relationship between racial ideologies and the development of the discipline of political science in the United States. Her doctoral dissertation, Restorative Justice and Political Forgiveness: A Comparative Study of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (2016) considers the institutional design and composition of truth commissions, and investigates the role that they play in the democratic transformation of nations with a history of civil conflict and human rights violations.
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