Amy Marczewski Carnes, Ph.D. completed her doctorate at UCLA in French and Francophone Studies in 2007. During graduate studies, she taught French language, literature, film, and culture courses in both the U.S. and in France. Her dissertation, entitled Remembering Together: Francophone African Literature’s Re-Imagining of the Rwandan Genocide, analyzes the strategies that literature adopts for memorializing genocide and considers new models of commemoration that may cultivate reconciliation in post-conflict society.
Amy came to the USC Shoah Foundation from Human Rights Watch, where she managed the Los Angeles-based Student Task Force program, a youth leadership program for human rights activism. While at Human Rights Watch, she also managed a research project on human rights education and worked with teachers in Los Angeles to incorporate human rights into their course curricula.
Since starting at the USC Shoah Foundation in 2008, she has overseen educational projects throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, curated two exhibitions of testimony, and taught a course at USC entitled Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide. Her current role as Associate Director of Education – Evaluation and Scholarship has her leading evaluation of all of the Institute’s programs. She also serves on the board of Friends of Tubeho, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting access to education to Rwandan orphans.