Bridget E Marchesi

Bridget Marchesi is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on explaining the global diffusion of transitional justice processes and the role states in the global south play in spreading transitional justice norms and practices. She is also interested in evaluating the impact of these processes on human rights, democracy, and peace outcomes at the macro, meso, and micro levels. Bridget's research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary and global, with a focus on norms and institutions, human rights and transitional justice, conflict processes, and the politics of policy design, implementation and transfer. I am proficient in quantitative and qualitative methods and employ a diverse, methodologically plural approach to my research. Bridget is a Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (2016-2018). As a Fellow, Bridget is helping develop a global impunity index and advancing her research focused on explaining the diffusion of restorative justice and evaluating its impacts on peace and reconciliation. Bridget is implementing an NSF-supported field experiment in Colombia to test how different justice interventions impact people's beliefs about peace and reconciliation. The project compares different kinds of justice interventions and their impacts on different groups, including victims and ethnic populations. Bridget is also a past Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, working in the Transitional Justice program (2014-2016). As a Fellow, Bridget worked on a Carr Center and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative affiliated evaluation of the Colombian Unidad para las Victimas and the Victims and Land Restitution Law. Bridget holds a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management. Bridget has studied economics and management at Dartmouth College (USA) and Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy) and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University (USA). Bridget was awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) for 2017-2018 and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) for 2016-2017 through the Institute for Global Studies and The Human Rights Program. Bridget also holds the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for 2016-2017 through the Law and Social Sciences program.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Fellow: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2016-2018.
  • Fellow: Transitional Justice, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, 2014-2016.
  • PhD: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • MPP: Public Policy, University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN.
  • MBA: Strategic Management and Organizations, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, MN.
  • AB: Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Curriculum Vitae


  • international relations
  • comparative politics
  • quantitative and qualitative research methodology
  • International norms, institutions and governance; human rights and transitional justice; conflict processes; politics of human rights ideas, laws and policies; mixed-methods research; Colombia
Courses Taught
  • Transitional Justice, Visiting Instructor at Macalester College, Fall 2015