Bridget E Marchesi

Bridget Marchesi is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. 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. She has area expertise in Latin America and Colombia. She is proficient in quantitative, qualitative and experimental methods and employs a diverse, methodologically plural approach in her research. To learn more about her research, go to: 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 evaluating the impacts of different approaches to transitional justice on human rights, 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
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF), Minnesota Population Center & The Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2016 - 2017
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2016 - 2017
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School, International Thesis Research Grant
  • Dissertation Research Grant, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota
  • Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs Freeman – Stassen Award for International Activities