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). Related to her work on transitional justice, she has a book on Truth, Justice, and Reparations in Peru, Uruguay, and South Korea: The Clash of Advocacy and Politics (2021) with Palgrave Macmillan; and related to her work on South Korea’s memorialization and human rights, Carranza Ko has a new conference she is organizing on “A New Outlook to Atrocities: Comfort Women and What Remains,” funded by the Academy of Korean Studies.
Along with her work on women’s rights matters in South Korea, Carranza Ko is continuing her work on genocide and Indigenous women’s forced sterilization in Peru, using Indigenous research methods of storytelling to provide a space for victims to discuss their experiences. Additionally, she is working on connecting memory-building initiatives with truth-commission work in Peru (on indigenous identity and truth-commission and memory work), and engaging in deconstructive and post-colonial notions of racial identity in Peru (co-authored with Francisco Carranza Romero).
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, 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 Theories of International Relations and the Game of Thrones (2019) (co-authored with Laura Young).