I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Human Rights in Southeast Asia, splitting my time between the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and the Centre for Human Rights Studies, also in the Department of History. I received my PhD in Law from King's College London, where I was a Dickson Poon Fellow, my M.A. in Human Rights Law from SOAS, and my A.B. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. Following completion of my PhD, I received a Blakemore-Freeman Fellowship for studying advanced Burmese language in Yangon, Myanmar and funding from the British Academy as a Co-Investigator and Post-Doctoral Fellow on the project Framing Living Heritage as Tool to Prevent Spatial Violence with University College London's Development Planning Unit.
My research is interdisciplinary, combining legal history, legal anthropology, legal geography, urban studies, and human rights studies in understanding the everyday lived experience of property relations and minority-state relations in Southeast Asia. I am interested in how shifting notions of belonging in times of political transition in Southeast Asia impact on property and citizenship. My current project at Lund is a legal history of citizenship in Myanmar, combining more traditional legal research with archival methods and oral histories of Myanmar's minority South Asian and Chinese communities.
Prior to beginning my PhD, I spent four years living in Southeast Asia, in both Myanmar and Indonesia as a student, researcher, and an experiential education specialist. My work in Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar focused on land and inheritance disputes related to the 1965 anti-communist massacres in Bali, but I've also worked on the linkages between memories of political participation pre-1965 and contemporary women's political participation, exclusive constructions of Balinese identity, women and violent extremism, and transitional justice.
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(2020) NIAS Studies in Asian Topics
- Rethinking land and property in a “transitioning” Myanmar : Representations of isolation, neglect, and natural declineElizabeth L. Rhoads, Courtney T. Wittekind
(2018) Journal of Burma Studies, 22 p.171-213
(2018) State Crime Journal, 7 p.278-305
- Women's Political Participation in Indonesia : Decentralisation, Money Politics and Collective Memory in BaliElizabeth Rhoads
(2012) Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 31 p.35-56