Ph.D. Student in Political Science, Freelance Journalist
Elizabeth D. Herman is Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and an Innovation Fellow at Beyond Conflict, with a focus in international relations and political psychology. Her work centers on the role of trauma in conflict and the ways in which personal and national memory interact. She recently completed her Master's thesis on the ways in which representations of 9/11 have been written into history textbooks around the world, examining how internal and external political characteristics of a given nation affect its official narratives. At present, she is working on developing a dissertation proposal that looks at incorporating more thorough psychological measures into the study of conflict recurrence and reconciliation. Elizabeth spent 2011 in Bangladesh as a Fulbright Fellow, researching how politics influence the writing of national histories in textbooks. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked as a freelance photo and written journalist, based in New York and reporting from both home and abroad for a number of national and international news outlets. Her research and photography have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, TIME, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Newsweek Japan, GroundTruth, NPR, Jezebel, and The Daily Beast, among others. To learn more about Elizabeth’s work, visit her website.