International Genocide Conference Biographies



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Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Dr. Esparza immigrated to New York City in 1986. Her areas of research areas include state violence, genocide, collective memory-silence in the aftermath of mass killings and military sociology in Latin America and more recently in Spain. Dr. Esparza's research experience includes her extensive fieldwork for the United Nations’ sponsored Truth Commission in Guatemala (1997-1999) interviewing war and genocide survivors. Her monograph, Silenced Communities: Legacies of and Resistance to Militarization and Militarism in a Rural Guatemalan Town (Berghahn Books, 2017) explores the long-term footprints of war and genocide upon rural Indigenous communities impacted by the conditions of internal colonialism, which the army exploited to build its mass-based support.