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Erin Jessee is an oral historian and cultural anthropologist affiliated with the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Her research focuses on civilian experiences of transitional justice in post-genocide Rwanda and post-civil war northern Uganda.

Policy Area

Human Rights

Transitional Justice


Mass Grave Exhumations

Genocide Prevention


Genocide in the 20th Century

Rwanda: Peace, Conflict and the Politics of History

Oral History Methods and Theory

Ethnography of Political Violence

Ethnographic Methods

Recent Publications


Negotiating genocide: The politics of history in post-genocide Rwanda [to be submitted to Palgrave MacMillan’s Studies in Oral History series March 15, 2014].

Refereed Articles

“The danger of a single story: Iconic stories and the democratization of history in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.” Memory Studies [forthcoming 2014].

With Alexander Freund. “’Confessing Animals’ redux: A conversation between Alexander Freund and Erin Jessee.” Oral History Review 41(2) (2014): 314-324.

With Sarah Watkins. “Good kings, bloody tyrants, and everything in between: Representations of the monarchy in post-genocide Rwanda.” History in Africa 41 (2014): 35-62.

Promoting reconciliation through exhuming and identifying victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.” Centre for International Governance Innovation Africa Initiative Discussion Paper Series, no. 4 (July 2012).

The limits of oral history: Ethics and methodology amid highly politicized research settings,” Oral History Review 38(2) (2011): 287-307.

With Stacey Zembrzycki, Eleanor Beattie, Audrey Bean, Sandra Baines, and Mireille Landry. “Oral history and adult community education: Notes from the field,” Oral History Review 38(1) (2011): 120-135.

With Stacey Zembrzycki and Steven High. “Stories Matter: Conceptual challenges in the development of oral history database building software,” Forum: Qualitative Social Research 12(1) (2011).

With Mark Skinner. “A typology of mass grave and mass grave-related sites” Forensic Science International 152(1) (2005): 55-59.

Book Chapters

“Considering silence” in Sheftel A and Zembrzycki S (eds) Oral history off the record: Toward an ethnography of practice. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

“Forensic investigations” in The Encyclopaedia of Transitional Justice eds. L. Stan and N. Nedelsky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Non-Refereed Articles

“Approaching Perpetrators: An Introduction.” Conflict and Society [forthcoming 2015].

With Annie Pohlman. “Introduction – Confronting mass atrocities in oral historical practice.” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 33 (2013): 1-6.

Research note: Conducting fieldwork in Rwanda.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies vol. 22, no. 3 (2012): 266-274.

“The archaeology of genocide: Revisiting the Armenian genocide of 1915,” Horizon (2007): 26-33.

Manuscripts in Submission

“Rwandan women no more: Female génocidaires in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide,” Conflict and Society [submitted August 27, 2014].

Policy Briefs

With Katherine Alexander and Sylvie Opinio. “Addressing the Rights of the Missing and their Families in Lamwo District, Northern Uganda.” Justice and Reconciliation Project Policy Brief Series [forthcoming 2015].

Promoting reconciliation through exhuming and identifying victims in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.” Centre for International Governance Innovation, Africa Initiative Policy Brief Series, no. 2 (July 2012).

Web-Based Publications

With Marc Ellison. “Mapping Uganda’s Massacres,” Al-Jazeera Magazine (special issue “War Veterans), August 2014.

With Alexander Freund. “Storytelling in Oral History: An Exchange, Part Two,” Oral History Review Blog, May 23, 2014.

Owning Memory,” Al-Jazeera Magazine (special issue “Remembering Rwanda, Volume One”), April 7, 2014.

With Alexander Freund. “Storytelling in Oral History: An Exchange,” Oral History Review Blog, April 25, 2014.

Rwanda’s subtle forms of intimidation,” Times Higher Education, December 19, 2013.

Lessons from post-genocide Rwanda: The location, identification and respectful reburial of the anonymous victims of mass atrocities.” Voices Magazine, vol. 3 (2013): 38-39.

With Kjell Follingstad. “Forensic evidence in international criminal trials,” Dictionary of Gross Human Rights Violations (2007).

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