Adam Kochanski is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations at McGill University. His research focuses on transitional justice, post-conflict peacebuilding, and norms of humanitarian protection. His book project, Justice Deflected: The Uses and Abuses of Local Transitional Justice Processes, explores the influence of domestic political interests and local-national power asymmetries on memory, reconciliation, and healing in communities recovering from armed conflict in Cambodia and Mozambique. His forthcoming article from this project in International Studies Review takes stock of the “local turn” in transitional justice and dissects several questionable assumptions underpinning both scholarship and practice in this area. Numerous fellowships and grants have supported his research, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and International Development Research Centre.
He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Ottawa and most recently was a research affiliate at UCLA’s Promise Institute for Human Rights. Dr. Kochanski served previously as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice.