Emily Willard

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

Dissertation Project

Women in Conflict in Guatemala: Government Records and Community Archives

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 and transitional justice in Guatemala. She is a research fellow at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights “Unfinished Sentences” project conducting research on El Salvador, and helps supervise the Center’s freedom of information work. Previously, she worked at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.  where she co-founded the Genocide Documentation Project, and also worked on the Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia documentation projects, 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. in international studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., researching human rights in Latin America, and violence against women in Guatemala.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Graduate School Chester Fritz International Fellowship, University of Washington, 2016-2017.
  • Jennifer Caldwell Fellow, University of Washington, 2016.
  • Mack-Mayerfeld Fellowship, University of Washington, 2016.
  • Rotary Peace Fellow, Rotary International Foundation, 2014.

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