Grad Students

Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell

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My research takes a sociological approach towards understanding the development, spread, and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms used to address gross human rights violations. Drawing on theories of globalization, the sociology of organizations, and studies on collective memory my work has examined how ideas about the value of truth telling have driven the diffusion of particular transitional justice approaches. I am currently conducting dissertation fieldwork in Colombia to examine the ways in which previous experiences, global expertise, and political demands have shaped the transitional justice agreement proposed at the peace negotiations.

Fields of Study

Transitional justice, truth commissions, human rights, comparative-historical sociology, political sociology, sociology of organizations, globalization.


Nauenberg, S. (2015). Spreading the truth: How truth commissions address human rights abuses in the world society. International Sociology, 30(6), 654-673.

Grants and Awards

NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide with USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship, Colombia 2015-2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, UCLA 2013-2016

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA 2011-2016

Karpf Peace Prize, UCLA 2013

Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA 2012-2013

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA 2012


Edward Walker (Chair), Gail Kligman, Abigail Saguy, Geoffrey Robinson (UCLA History Dept)


M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2013.

B.A. Psychology & Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington, 2007


International Peace and Security Institute, Participant and Staff at The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice 2012, 2013

Peace Corps Volunteer, Kingdom of Tonga 2008-2010