Risa Kitagawa is assistant professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University. Her research interests include the politics of transitional justice, state violence, post-conflict processes, and human rights, with a regional focus on Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project uses econometric and experimental methods to investigate transitional justice policymaking and its impact on reconciliation in societies recovering from large-scale violence. A second strand of her research focuses on the role of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in promoting social wellbeing among communities affected by violence.
She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University (2017) with specializations in comparative politics, political theory, and methodology, and a B.A. in international relations and French from New York University (2009). Prior to joining Northeastern, she was postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.