Gloria Yayra A. Ayee is an artist, composer, political scientist, and writer.
Dr. Ayee is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University, and a faculty associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Extension School.
Ayee was previously a Guest Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College (IL).
Ayee received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. She also holds a Master's Degree in Political Science, a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies, all from Duke University. Ayee was a Graduate Fellow at Duke University's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS). Her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature is from Dordt University (formerly Dordt College).
Ayee's research interests center around American politics, comparative politics, race and civil rights policy, political institutions, political reconciliation, truth and reconciliation commissions, transitional justice, media policy and politics, politics and popular culture, immigrant political incorporation, political communication, international law, international development, environmental and social sustainability, and globalization.
Ayee's doctoral dissertation research involved a comparative, cross-national study of truth and reconciliation commissions (TRCs) in countries that have used these extra-judicial institutions to pursue justice and promote national reconciliation following a period of civil unrest marked by severe human rights abuses. In recent decades, a number of transitional governments have established truth and reconciliation commissions to foster psychological, social and political healing, instead of using trials and other traditional methods of conflict resolution and criminal prosecution. This project examines why there has been a proliferation of truth and reconciliation commissions around the world in recent years, and evaluates whether the perceived effectiveness of these commissions is real and substantial. This study also considers the institutional design and composition of truth and reconciliation commissions, as well as the roles that the commissions play in the democratic transformation of nations with a history of civil conflict and human rights abuses.
WRITING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE
Ayee is a writer, editor, and freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Billboard, The Root, and Duke Today, among other places. Ayee is an editor with experience in academic editing, copy editing, and editing for media publications. She is the creator and curator of TWELVE-XII, a news and lifestyle journal, which features a compilation of exclusive interviews, news stories, and posts on art, culture, education, entertainment, fashion, music, and politics.
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