Sarah-Jane Koulen

Ph.D. candidate
Princeton University
Anthropology and LAPA

Sarah-Jane Koulen is a third year Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University and plans to start fieldwork in early 2017.

She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Roosevelt (UCR) in Middelburg, The Netherlands, an L.L.M in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, The United Kingdom and an M.A. in Development Studies from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Her dissertation research examines the work of the small community of legal experts who develop, advance and practice the field of international criminal law. She is interested in how commitments to particular understandings of violence, criminality, accountability and justice travel and gain traction.

Her project is interested in making visible the everyday work, by people around the world, that shapes the pursuit of justice and the ‘fight against impunity’. She has also become increasingly interested in the aesthetics and distinctiveness of the legal form as well as the spectacular forms of violence international criminal law seeks to redress.