Gabrielle Girard

Graduate Prize Fellow
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Gabrielle Girard is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History, focusing on modern Latin America. She is interested in the recent history of Argentina and the global history of human rights, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Modeling Democracy: The Global History of an Argentine Human Rights Experiment, 1978-1996,” explores how Argentina contributed to a conceptual and methodological transformation of global human rights activism. This project traces how newly democratic Argentina pioneered the idea of the truth commission, which it paired with the world’s first major domestic human rights prosecution. It examines how Argentina’s innovations captured the imagination of foreign human rights advocates, who repackaged and then circulated Argentina’s example to new democracies around the world. Before coming to Princeton, Gabrielle graduated with a B.A. in History and Spanish from Cornell.