Farrah L Tek

Farrah Tek is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. Her subfields are Comparative Politics and International Relations. Her research seeks to contribute to an emerging law and society literature that studies the rule of the law from the ground up. It examines how ordinary people get their grievances addressed under repressive conditions, specifically in the area of land and labor issues.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: English and Human Rights, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, 2006.


  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Transitional Justice
  • Law and Society
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Diversity Committee, Political Science: Research Assistant: 2016 - 2017
  • Diversity Committee, Political Science: Graduate Student Representative: 2015 - 2016
  • Comparative Politics Colloquium (CPC): Covenor: 2015 - 2016
  • Outreach Committee, Graduate Student Life Committee: Convenor: 2014 - 2016
  • Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator, Political Science: 2016


  • Research Assistant for Kathryn Sikkink & Leigh Payne, Department of Political Science: Transitional Justice Research Collaborative, August 2013 - August 2014
  • Tek, Farrah and Christoph Sperfeldt. "Justice and Truth-Seeking for Survivors of Gender-based Violence under the Khmer Rouge." Asia-Pacific between Conflict and Reconciliation 3 (2016): 125-138. Link
  • Tek, Farrah L. "Justice at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia?." Peace Review 23(4) (2011): 431-437. Link
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015 - 2018
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota Graduate School, 2017
  • Beverly and Richard Fink Summer Fellowship, 2017
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship for Khmer, 2016
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Summer Research Fellowship, 2014
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014
  • Fulbright, U.S. Student Program, Institute for International Education, U.S. Department of State, Cambodia, 2010 - 2011