Gloria Yayra A. Ayee is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. She teaches courses on Global Ethnic Politics; Race, Film, and American Politics; and Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth Commissions.
Dr. Ayee received her Ph.D. in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University in 2016. Her areas of specialization are Behavior and Identity Politics and Race and Ethnic Politics. Her research interests center around American politics, race and civil rights policy, comparative politics, African politics, political institutions, human rights, political reconciliation, truth and reconciliation commissions, transitional justice, media policy and politics, politics and popular culture, and immigrant political incorporation.
Dr. Ayee’s most recent publication is a co-authored article that examined the complex relationship between racial ideologies and the development of the discipline of political science in the United States. The article titled “Race, Power, and Knowledge: Tracing the Roots of Exclusion in the Development of Political Science in the United States” was published in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities in 2016.
Dr. Ayee’s dissertation entitled Restorative Justice and Political Forgiveness: A Comparative Analysis of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions is 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. Her research seeks to determine why there has been a proliferation of TRCs around the world in recent years, and whether the perceived effectiveness of these commissions is real and substantial. Her work considers the institutional design and composition of TRCs, as well as the roles that these commissions play in the democratic transformation of nations with a history of civil conflict and human rights abuses.