Grad Students

Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell

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I am currently a research affiliate at the Promise Institute for Human Rights. My book project, The Politics of Transitional Justice: Seeking to end more than 50 years of war in Colombia, examines struggles over the establishment and implementation of transitional justice measures used to address human right abuses in Colombia. In 2015-2016, I was a National Science Foundation fellow at the Center for Conflict, Displacement, and Peacebuilding at the University of Cartagena, Colombia. Alongside my research, I have led Global Youth Connect’s Colombia Human Rights Delegation, worked at the International Peace and Security Institute’s The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. I received my PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in September 2018.

Fields of Study

Transitional justice, truth commissions, human rights, comparative-historical sociology, political sociology, sociology of organizations, globalization.


Nauenberg, S. (2015). Spreading the truth: How truth commissions address human rights abuses in the world society. International Sociology, 30(6), 654-673.

Grants and Awards

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA 2017-2018

NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide with USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship, Colombia 2015-2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, UCLA 2013-2016

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA 2011-2016

Karpf Peace Prize, UCLA 2013

Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA 2012-2013

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA 2012


Edward Walker (Chair), Gail Kligman, Abigail Saguy, Geoffrey Robinson (UCLA History Dept)


Ph.D. Sociology, UCLA, 2018

M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2013

B.A. Psychology & Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington, 2007