Samantha Lakin

Scholar in history of conflict and atrocities, Fulbright scholar, PhD Candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Samantha Lakin is a PhD candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, USA. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Lakin was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland (2011-2012), and she received a second Fulbright fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Rwanda in 2017-2018. She has worked in Rwanda since 2013, researching local perspectives of memory and justice in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Lakin has also held positions with NGOs and research organizations in Northern Uganda, Burundi, and DRC. Lakin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fulbright Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees for Survivors Fund (SURF), and the Advisory Board of the Genocide Survivors Support Network. She has also worked for organizations including Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Refugee Law Project, Never Again Rwanda, and the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. Lakin has recently been featured on Voice of America-Afrique, and gave a Ted Talk, "Exploring Stories of Genocide and Justice after Conflict" at TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica in September 2015. She is a published author and an active public speaker on academic and social justice issues.