Reconciliation and Justice

Marie-Christine Doran

  • Research field political violence in Latin America, democratic processes, social mouvements and collective mobilisations, criminalisation of collective action and dissidence, natural ressources and violence
  • Institution Faculty of Social Sciences School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
  • Position professor
  • Theme Reconciliation and Justice


Marie-Christine Doran is associate professor of Comparative Politics at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa and supervises doctoral and masters degree thesis on different issues, especially related to post conflic violence, democratization, struggles against impunity, feminicides and human rights. She has been a fellow at Harvard University and visiting professor in the USA, France (EHESS, Lyon 2) and Latin America. Her published work, in great part stemming from different research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, includes many peer-reviewed articles based on frequent fieldwork in many Latin-American countries and focuses on political violence, democracy post-conflict, impacts of the169 Convention on natural resources and right to consultation for Indigenous Peoples, justice, memory and human rights, on which subject she has recently published Le réveil démocratique du Chili. Une histoire politique de l’exigence de justice (préface d’Alain Touraine), Paris : Karthala (2016) She is also co-editor of Human Rights as Battlefields, Changing Practices and Contestations forthcoming at Palgrave Macmillan in May 2018.  She is currently working on a new book, Criminalizing Democracy in Latin America: The Hidden Face of Violence, to be published at Routledge in 2019.  She has participated in research events with the FMSH in France and Colombia, where she was invited in 2017 to the National Centre of Historic Memory of Colombia. She has been in charge of the formation on current Latin American issues for the Canadian government agents from  the Ministry of Global Affairs Canada since 2016  and comments regularly on Latin American politics in Canadian and international media, especially on violence, Colombia and Mexico. She is holder of the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada 2006 for her PhD studies.