Emily M Mitamura

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I am a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota studying the relationship between aesthetics and social death in the wake of the Cambodian Genocide. Drawing broadly from Political Theory, International Relations, Feminist Studies, and Critical Refugee Studies, my work proceeds from commitments to the study of race, postcoloniality, and gender. My dissertation specifically interrogates the cultural, legal, and aesthetic processes by which events of mass violence become unified and mobile political objects negotiated by those living its their wake and has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the College of Liberal Arts at UMN.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: Political Science, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2016.


  • international relations theory
  • postcolonial studies/theory
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Organizer: Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium , 2019 - 2020
  • Co-Organizer: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Workshop , 2019 - 2020
  • Co-Organizer: Minnesota International Relations Colloquium , 2017 - 2018
  • Mitamura, Emily. “The Coloniality of Abridgment: Afterlives of Mass Violence in Cambodia and the US”Third World Quarterly (March 2019).