Who We Are

Marie-Louise Jansen

Co-Director of CHI, IHJR

Marie-Louise co-directs Contested Histories. She previously worked at the Salzburg Global Seminar where she held diverse positions including director of the Holocaust Education & Genocide Prevention program, director of alumni affairs and administrative director and director of development of the IHJR.

Marie-Louise co-directs Contested Histories. She previously worked at the Salzburg Global Seminar where she held diverse positions including director of the Holocaust Education & Genocide Prevention program, director of alumni affairs and administrative director and director of development of the IHJR.

Steven Stegers

Co-Director of CHI, EuroClio

Steven Stegers is the Executive Director of EuroClio – European Association of History Educators. At EuroClio, he has developed international projects to enhance history and citizenship education since 2006. He coordinated the development of the award winning Historiana platform.

Steven Stegers is the Executive Director of EuroClio – European Association of History Educators. At EuroClio, he has developed international projects to enhance history and citizenship education since 2006. He coordinated the development of the award winning Historiana platform.

Paula O’Donohoe

Project Manager and Research Coordinator

Paula holds a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an Erasmus Mundus MA in European Studies. She is currently doing her PhD on the intergenerational transmission of memories in Spain at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Some of her previous research interests are dissonant heritage and the narration of memories.

Paula holds a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an Erasmus Mundus MA in European Studies. She is currently doing her PhD on the intergenerational transmission of memories in Spain at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Some of her previous research interests are dissonant heritage and the narration of memories.

Katria Tomko

Research Associate, IHJR

Katria is interested in the intersection of identity and security in the post-Soviet space and the prevention of conflict over issues related to historical memory. She has worked on issues related to security, good governance, and human rights at ARTICLE 19, the OSCE, and the Ukrainian Parliament.

Katria is interested in the intersection of identity and security in the post-Soviet space and the prevention of conflict over issues related to historical memory. She has worked on issues related to security, good governance, and human rights at ARTICLE 19, the OSCE, and the Ukrainian Parliament.

Jadé Botha

Research Associate

Jadé holds a B.A(Hons) in International Justice from Leiden University College the Hague and is a graduate of the faculty of law of the University of Amsterdam with an LLM in International and Transnational Criminal Law. Her main fields of interest are critical legal theory, post-colonial theory, transitional justice and the African Union.

Jadé holds a B.A(Hons) in International Justice from Leiden University College the Hague and is a graduate of the faculty of law of the University of Amsterdam with an LLM in International and Transnational Criminal Law. Her main fields of interest are critical legal theory, post-colonial theory, transitional justice and the African Union.

Alicia Rijlaarsdam

Research Associate, IHJR

Alicia Rijlaarsdam initially joined EuroClio and the IHJR as a trainee in November 2020. As of June 2021 she continues working as a professional volunteer for Contested Histories as a supervisor and research associate. Alicia holds a MSc in Development Studies from the University of Lund.

Alicia Rijlaarsdam initially joined EuroClio and the IHJR as a trainee in November 2020. As of June 2021 she continues working as a professional volunteer for Contested Histories as a supervisor and research associate. Alicia holds a MSc in Development Studies from the University of Lund.

Anna Ivanova

Social Media Coordinator & Research Associate

Anna Ivanova is a professional volunteer working at Contested Histories since September 2020. She is responsible for social media and researcher supervision. She holds a BA in Public Administration and is interested in peacekeeping, nation and identity building in the post-Soviet space.

Anna Ivanova is a professional volunteer working at Contested Histories since September 2020. She is responsible for social media and researcher supervision. She holds a BA in Public Administration and is interested in peacekeeping, nation and identity building in the post-Soviet space.

Catalina Gaete

Journalist & Research Associate, IHJR

Olivia Durand

Olivia Durand

Research Associate, IHJR

Olivia Durand is a historian working in the field of comparative settler studies and global history. Currently a postdoctoral fellow of Freie Universität Berlin and has a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Co-founder and director of Uncomfortable Oxford, a public engagement with research organisation, active in the UK and beyond since 2018. Durand is developing the Contested Histories Toolkit for Critical Tours and its associated video tutorials, Euroclio and the Memory Studies Association.

Olivia Durand is a historian working in the field of comparative settler studies and global history. Currently a postdoctoral fellow of Freie Universität Berlin and has a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Co-founder and director of Uncomfortable Oxford, a public engagement with research organisation, active in the UK and beyond since 2018. Durand is developing the Contested Histories Toolkit for Critical Tours and its associated video tutorials, Euroclio and the Memory Studies Association.

Elliot Davis

Web Developer

Elliot Davis is really passionate about programming, having spent 5 years doing it. If he has an idea or sees something online and thinks “I wonder how they did that”, he will sit down and code it out. Aside from being a great developer, Elliot is a Disney lover and baker.

Elliot Davis is really passionate about programming, having spent 5 years doing it. If he has an idea or sees something online and thinks “I wonder how they did that”, he will sit down and code it out. Aside from being a great developer, Elliot is a Disney lover and baker.