Faculty & Staff

Jessica Mecellem

Teaching Assistant Professor
Ph.D. at Loyola University, Chicago, IL; M.A. in Muslim, Arabic and Semitic World Studies, Universite de Provence (Aix en Provence, France); B.A. in Politics and French, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA


Guerry Hall 209

Ext. 1297

Jessica Mecellem is a Teaching Assistant Professor at Sewanee: The University of the South and an organizational core member of the Transitional Justice and Memory Politics Summer School, Cres, Croatia (summer 2018) (http://summerschoolcres.org)

She began working at Sewanee after completing her Ph.D. at Loyola University Chicago (2016). Her area of expertise is transitional and post-conflict justice in the Middle East North Africa region, with particular attention to narrative contestation through justice mechanisms, gender in transitional and post-conflict justice, and the role of judicial activity in authoritarian contexts. Her research on Algeria and Turkey has been published in The International Journal of Transitional Justice and Law & Social Inquiry. Her dissertation, based on fieldwork in Algeria and Turkey, examined local conceptions of justice for enforced disappearances.  Professor Mecellem teaches a variety of independently developed courses on the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Politics and International Relations.



"Misfortune or Injustice? The Political Work of Post Conflict Narrative in Contemporary Algeria" forthcoming in The International Journal of Transitional Justice

"Human Rights Trials in an Era of Democratic Stagnation: The Case of Turkey" Law & Social Inquiry, (originally published online 2016).


View Jessica's website here