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Professor Leigh Payne

Professor Leigh Payne PhD (Yale University) is Professor of Sociology of Latin America and Director of the Latin American Centre. She holds a joint appointment between the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and the Department of Sociology.

Before coming to Oxford, Professor Payne was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her research concentrates on political sociology and particularly the challenges Latin American societies face during transitions from authoritarian rule. Her 2008 book Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence (Duke University Press) explored perpetrators’ confessional performances in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. A Spanish translation with an additional chapter on Colombia is forthcoming. She also has two books under review: Engaging the Past to Safeguard the Future: Comparative Perspectives on Transitional Justice co-authored with Tricia Olsen and Andrew Reiter and The Memory Market in Latin America co-edited with Ksenija Bilbija. She has published four other books and has additional journal articles and book chapters.

For further information, please see Leigh Payne's CV.