Politics professor continues book research through AAUW grant

by University Communications,

Through a grant from the American Association of University Women, politics professor Jonneke Koomen is completing her book, “Unspeakable Suffering: Sexual Violence, Survivor Testimony, and International Criminal Justice.”

The book examines how newly established international criminal tribunals investigate and understand sexual violence perpetrated in conflicts in East Africa.

While most scholars of gender and international justice focus on legal innovations pertaining to sexual violence, Koomen’s work examines international tribunals’ taken-for-granted routines in courtrooms and beyond. In doing so, she’s striving to help promote survivor-centered practices.

Koomen is the third Willamette faculty member in the past five years to win an AAUW Research Publication Grant. The award funds the publication of research works written by women independent researchers and college and university faculty members.