Meredith Shepard

Meredith Shepard is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation, "Forms of Reconciliation: Law, Politics, and Aesthetics in Post-Genocide Rwanda," examines the role of literature, theater, film, and memorial sites in facilitating national reconciliation after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She has received numerous grants and fellowships to undertake archival research in Rwanda and to further her study of Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili.

Meredith graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Literature and Human Rights from Cornell University in 2011. She completed her M.A. and M.Phil. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2013 and 2015. Her research focuses on the intersections of literature and other aesthetic forms with judicial, political, and social systems in the Global South, particularly Africa. She has taught courses in literature, human rights, and social justice at Columbia University, as well as English education in Rwanda. Her work is forthcoming in a special issue of The Journal of Postcolonial and Commonwealth Studies on "Law and Literature of the Global South."

Academic Interests

Postcolonial literature, African literature, literature and the law, human rights, memory studies, ecocriticism