Sumin Lee

I am a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University and an incoming ACES (Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship) Fellow at the Department of International Affairs, the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. My primary research interests include sexual and gender-based violence during and after civil conflicts, gender justice process, women in conflicts, domestic and international accountability for sexual and gender-based violence, quantitative methods, and geospatial analysis.

My dissertation, Gender Justice for Whom: Strategic Accountability for Wartime Sexual Violence, examines how governments strategically use accountability for wartime sexual violence to signal its competitiveness and legitimacy to both domestic and international audiences. I explore how governments decide upon different accountability mechanisms for wartime sexual violence after weighing the political costs and benefits. Collecting an original dataset on domestic accountability for wartime sexual violence in Africa between 1998 and 2018, I analyze how accountability is deployed selectively and strategically both in time and space according to legitimacy-seeking incentives.

I am also United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellow, 2021-2022.

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