My research interests include the history of human rights, transnational networks, Latin America, and international relations. My current project examines the origins and evolution of human rights discourse in Uruguay, particularly during its transition back to democratic rule. The work addresses recent debates about the efficacy of transitional justice, the rise of the transnational human rights movement, and the shifting political terrains of social justice and human rights in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Latin America, Human Rights, and International History

MA Title:

  • "Piercing the Sovereign Veil: Jimmy Carter's Human Rights Policy and the Third World"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "De Luz y Lucha" in Uruguay: Contesting the International History of Human Rights"


  • BA: Vassar College

Selected Publications:

  • “El Caso Gelman and the Battle Against Impunity in Uruguay,” in 40 Years is Nothing: History and Memory of the 1973 coups d’état in Uruguay and Chile, eds. Fernando Lopez and Pablo Leighton (UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

  • "Uruguay and the Re-conceptualization of Transitional Justice," in Transitional Justice and Legacies of State Violence in Latin America, eds. Marcia Esparza and Nina Schneider (Lexington Books, 2015), 135-153.

  • "Sovereignty and Human Rights: Re-examining Carter’s Foreign Policy Towards the Third World," Diplomacy & Statecraft (June 2014): 303-330.


  • Fulbright Scholarship

Professional Affiliations:

  • AHA
  • LASA
  • OAH

Courses Taught as TA:

  • Military History

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • History 229 - Global History of Human Rights


Debbie Sharnak

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen and Steve J. Stern