Lily Ivanova

Academic Year: 
To Yale
Exchange Partners: 
University of British Columbia
Research Interest: 
Institutionalizing empathy: How culture works in the representation and interpretation of three contemporary genocides

Lily Ivanova is a second year Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her work focuses on the transmission of morality in the context of education on genocide and human rights abuses. She has a Master’s in Sociology from UBC and a Bachelor’s in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa. Her Master’s research was a study of globalization and morality processes among international tourists and UN volunteers at Cambodia’s genocide memorial sites in Phnom Penh. For her Ph.D. dissertation, she is extending this research into a cross-national comparative of how human rights museums represent genocide, and the cultural processes through which visitors experience these sites. During her time as a Fox Fellow she hopes to benefit from Yale’s renowned Genocides Studies Program and the sociology department’s research centers in cultural and comparative sociology.

Policy Brief: “Teaching about Genocide: Applying Lessons from the Holocaust to Promote Equality in Genocide Education”