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Risa Kitagawa

Risa Kitagawa

Ph.D. Candidate


Risa Kitagawa is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics and Political Theory.  Her general research interests are in transitional justice, authoritarianism, and the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in social and political development.

Risa’s research brings both empirical and theoretical analysis to the study of domestic determinants and effects of transitional justice initiatives in post-conflict societies.  She also leads an interdisciplinary project on a mobile health counseling service in urban informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya, with the support of the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Global Underdevelopment Action Fund.

Risa has been a teaching assistant for PoliSci 136S / EthiSoc 171: Justice; PoliSci 133 / EthiSoc 133: Ethics and Politics of Public Service; and PoliSci 134P / EthiSoc 185M: Contemporary Moral Problems.  She has served as research assistant for Jeremy Weinstein on technology and good governance.