PhD Candidate, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Fulbright Scholar, Clark University

Samantha Lakin is an advanced PhD candidate (ABD) at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, USA. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Brandeis University. Lakin is a Fulbright Scholar in Rwanda (2017-2018), where her dissertation research focuses on memory and justice in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Lakin was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland (2011-2012), researching the rescue of Jewish children during World War II. Lakin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association and the Board of Trustees of Survivors Fund (SURF). She has also held contracts in the justice sector in Northern Uganda, Nigeria, Burundi, and Rwanda for organizations including Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Refugee Law Project, Never Again Rwanda, and the U.S. Embassy. Lakin has recently been featured on Voice of America-Afrique, and gave a Ted Talk, "Exploring Stories of Genocide and Justice after Conflict" at TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica in 2015. She is a published author and an active public speaker on social justice issues. Lakin currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Research for Dialogue and Peace.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University

Honours

Fulbright Scholar