Emily Willard

Ph.D. 2020, 2015 Cohort
Doctoral candidate Emily Willard (2015 cohort)

Dissertation Project

Resisting Erasure: Narratives of Survivance in Guatemala

Professional Background

Research Associate and Project Coordinator, The National Security Archive 2009-2015


Spanish, Qualitative Methods



Emily Willard is conducting her dissertation research on women’s experience of conflict, Indigenous politics, and transitional justice in Guatemala. She is a fellow at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights conducting research to support truth and justice efforts in El Salvador, and to advance immigrant rights in Washington State. She also helps supervise the Center’s freedom of information (FOIA) work. During the summer of 2019, she served as an intern for the ACLU of Washington’s Smart Justice campaign, working to reduce long and life sentences in Washington State. Previously, she worked at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. where she co-founded the Genocide Documentation Project. Emily also worked for the Archive’s Latin America Evidence Project, filing Freedom of Information Act requests for documents to be used as evidence in human rights trials, and advocating for access to information as a human right. She is a 2014 Rotary Peace Fellow. Emily earned her B.A. and M.A. at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C., researching human rights in Latin America, and violence against women in Guatemala.

Willard in the news: https://jsis.washington.edu/humanrights/2018/12/18/student-reflection-iachr/


Grants & Fellowships

  • 2019 JSIS Diversity & Equity Research Travel Grant, UW
  • 2018 JSIS Leslianne Shedd Internship Scholarship in International Studies and Public Health, UW
  • 2018 JSIS Jackson-Fosdick Internship Scholarship, UW
  • 2018 Benjamin Linder Endowed Fund, University of Washington Center for Human Rights
  • 2017 & 2018 Dr. Clyde Snow Fund for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UW
  • 2016-2017 Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Research and Study, UW
  • 2016 Mack-Mayerfeld Fellowship, University of Washington Center for Human Rights
  • 2016 Jennifer Caldwell Fellowship, University of Washington Center for Human Rights
  • 2014 Rotary Peace Fellowship, Rotary International Foundation

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation


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