Dr. Gloria Y.A. Ayee is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. She is a faculty associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and also has a faculty appointment at the Harvard Extension School. She was previously a Guest Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College (IL). Ayee’s expertise is in American politics, comparative politics, race and ethnic politics, and behavior and identity politics. Her research focuses on transitional justice, truth and reconciliation commissions, human rights, and immigrant political incorporation. Ayee earned her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, where she also earned Master’s degrees in Political Science and Liberal Studies. Additionally, she holds a graduate certificate in African and African American studies from Duke University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in English Literature. Ayee’s most recent publication is a co-authored article, titled “White House, Black Mother: Michelle Obama and the Politics of Motherhood as First Lady” (Politics & Gender 2019). Another co-authored article, “Race, Power, and Knowledge: Tracing the Roots of Exclusion in the Development of Political Science in the United States,” published in Politics, Groups, and Identities in 2016, examines the complex relationship between racial ideologies and the development of the discipline of political science in the United States. Ayee teaches the following courses in the Government Department: Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth Commissions; Global Ethnic Politics; and Race, Film, and American Politics.
Office hours for Fall 2019: Wednesdays (3:00pm – 5:00pm), and by appointment.