Professor Theidon is medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America. Her research interests include political violence, transitional justice, humanitarian and post-conflict interventions, gender studies and drug policy. She the author of many articles, commissioned reports, and two books. "Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú" was awarded the Latin American Studies Association 2006 Premio Iberoamericano Book Award Honorable Mention for outstanding book in the social sciences published in Spanish or Portuguese. Her second book, "Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru" was awarded the 2013 Honorable Mention from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for the Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for research on gender and health. She is currently completing two book manuscripts. "Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia" is based on research with former combatants from the paramilitaries, the FARC and the ELN. "Sex at the Security Council: A Greater Measure of Justice" draws upon her research in Peru on sexual violence, children born of wartime rape, and the politics of reparations.

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