Louisa McClintock

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Columbia University
1207 International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
212 854-4623
Louisa McClintock completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 2015. Her research focuses on how local, national and international communities have sought and seek to address “difficult pasts” characterized by political violence and mass atrocities, with a special emphasis on twentieth-century Germany, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Her dissertation, “Projects of Punishment in Post-War Poland: War Criminals, Collaborators, Traitors, and the Re-Construction of the Nation” analyzes how the development of “technologies” of retribution designed by socialist elites and legal personnel inherited from the prewar period intersected with the larger project of socialist regime transition in postwar Poland. In doing so, she shows how the courtroom became a site of ethno-national state construction. During her time at the Harriman Institute, she plans to expand the theoretical and temporal scope of her dissertation by using the institutional transformation of the “Main Commission to Investigate Crimes Against the Polish Nation” as a frame to link Poland’s immediate postwar projects of punishment to more recent post-socialist efforts to punish the crimes of communism.