Ñusta Carranza Ko
School of Public and International Affairs
Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A., New York University
M.A., University of Windsor
B.A., McGill University
Ñusta Carranza Ko’s research interests include cross-regional research on human rights and transitional justice processes in Latin America and East Asia, including policies of memorialization in Peru and South Korea and questions of indigenous peoples’ rights, namely forced sterilization, and indigenous identities in Peru. She has conducted fieldwork in Peru, South Korea, and Brazil, and held visiting research positions (Institute of Democracy and Human Rights-PUCP). Most recently, Carranza Ko is working on preparing her book monograph based on her Doctoral research comparing the experiences of transitional justice policies in Peru, Uruguay, and South Korea, while also continuing her work on forced sterilization victims, connecting memory-building initiatives with truth-commission work in Peru (on indigenous identity and truth-commission and memory work), and co-authoring with a colleague to comparatively examine women's political agency and activism of bereaved mothers' movements in Peru (i.e., Asociación Nacional de Familiares de Secuestrados, Detenidos y Desaparecidos del Perú (ANFASEP)) and South Korea.
She has also been involved in research that extends across disciplines. This includes the impact of Asian migration on Peruvian national identity and survey-based field research exploring the impact of Korean culture in Brazil and Peru, funded by a grant of the Academy of Korean Studies.
Carranza Ko enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses across sub-fields of global affairs, international relations, comparative politics, American politics, and Latin American and Latino studies. To further advance her knowledge and improve her teaching methods, Carranza Ko is currently working on a study of teaching Latin American politics beyond the textbook, incorporating various other mediums of information for students to develop a more visual understanding of the context in the South. And, she has published in the Journal of Political Science Education (2018) on using simulations to encourage active student engagement in international relations. This work became the basis of a forthcoming book manuscript (with co-author Dr. Laura Young), Theories of International Relations and the Game of Thrones. The book is currently in production with Lexington Books.