In post-conflict transitions, whose visions of peace are privileged? Which structures of war are disassembled, and which are left intact? Kate Paarlberg-Kvam’s work brings together studies of peace processes and Latin American social movements to examine transitions as moments of socioeconomic reckoning.
Paarlberg-Kvam is a Latin Americanist who studies feminist mobilizations in Latin America, and is the author of several articles about Colombian women's peace organizing in the context of the recent accords between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). She works at the intersection of social movement studies, feminist theory, and cultural political economy. She received her doctorate in Latin American Studies from the State University of New York at Albany in 2016 and has an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. Paarlberg-Kvam has taught courses in politics, international affairs, Latin American history, and gender studies at the University at Albany and Skidmore College, and recently held a research fellowship at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her 2018 article, What’s to Come is More Complicated: Feminist Visions of Peace in Colombia, won the International Feminist Journal of Politics’ Cynthia Enloe award. Paarlberg-Kvam’s current research asks how women peacebuilders are experiencing the Colombian peace accords’ implementation in their everyday lives, and investigates the role that extractivism plays in post-conflict societies. Paarlberg-Kvam is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for the 2019-2020 academic year.