Amy Rothschild

Assistant Professor, Politics
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Speciality: Human Rights/Transitional Justice; Genocide; Law & Society; Collective Memory; Timor-Leste; Nationalism; Race; Trauma


I am assistant professor of sociolegal studies in the Department of Politics at Ithaca College. I hold a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

I am currently working on a book manuscript, Victims and Veterans: Memory, Nationalism, and Human Rights in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste. Victims and Veterans examines the politics of memory of the brutal 24-year Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste. Data for this book comes from work and long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Timor-Leste. My engagement with Timor-Leste began in 2002 when I worked at Timor-Leste’s truth commission as a human rights lawyer before beginning my Ph.D.

Some of the  grants, awards, and fellowships I have received to conduct my research (including national and international grants) include the following: Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant; University of California San Diego President’s Dissertation Writing Fellowship; Dan David Prize Scholarship (for Studies on History and Memory); University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowship; University of California Sam Diego Center for Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellowship; and University of California Pacific Rim Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship.

My research and teaching are highly interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, genocide studies, and global studies.

Before beginning my Ph.D. in anthropology, I worked for years in a variety of countries and contexts in the Global South. In addition to working as a human rights lawyer in Timor and Eritrea -- where my work was linked to the Ethiopian-Eritrean Claims Commission in the Hague -- I worked in the fields of international human rights, humanitarianism, and development in India, northern Ghana, and Guatemala. I also taught English as second language in Indonesia and worked as a consultant for the World Bank (the latter job occurred during my Ph.D.).

At IC, I teach courses on law, justice, human rights, memory, genocide, and interdisciplinary legal research.