Janice Gallagher is an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, and specializes in comparative politics with a focus on state-society relations and human rights in Latin America. She is interested in how everyday citizens respond to violations of their rights, and examines how legal consciousness and mobilization, social movements, state institutions and other non-state actors affect judicial accountability and human rights compliance. Her first book, Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico’s Disappeared (under review) explores how citizens widen cracks in the wall of impunity surrounding disappearances in Mexico. A related project, Between Ballots and Barricades: The Practice & Consequence of Everyday Claim-Making (co-authored with Whitney Taylor, USF, and Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, UVA) draws out the larger lessons of citizens’ quotidian interaction with state bureaucracies. Another project focuses on access to justice, and compares how inequality shapes citizens’ interactions with legal institutions in Colombia and Chile.
Janice was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University, and holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, a master's degree in teaching from Brown University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Swarthmore College. Her dissertation research included more than two years of fieldwork in Mexico and Colombia, and Janice previously worked as a human rights accompanier in Colombia.
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