Sanja Pesek

Sanja Pesek is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C., where she teaches courses on Law and Society, Social Theory, Morality, Violence, and (Transitional) Justice. She holds a PhD in political science from the Central European University (CEU). She has also taught Transitional Justice at Georgetown University and at the CEU. She has over ten years of experience in strengthening democratic governance in transitional contexts and has published on political reconciliation examining anti-corruption efforts, transitional justice mechanisms, and atrocity prevention. In 2021, she became a member of the Senior Advisory Council at the Center for Values in International Development in Washington DC. She worked for ten years at Freedom House (FH) in various capacities. During her tenure, she was a regular contributor to FH publications including Nations in Transit, Freedom of the Press, and Freedom in the World. She has also co-organized two global conferences (Berlin and Istanbul) on anti-corruption and transitional justice. She is currently finalizing a book manuscript titled “Justice After Mass Atrocity: From Denial to Responsibility”.