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.

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 Coordinator & 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.

Paula O’Donohoe

Research Trainee, Euroclio

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.

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.

Grace Sahota

Web Designer

Grace has been involved with CHI since April 2019. In autumn 2021 she will begin a PhD at the Centre for Research on Race and Education, University of Birmingham. Her research focusses on racialised identity constructions in school history textbooks and curricula.

Grace has been involved with CHI since April 2019. In autumn 2021 she will begin a PhD at the Centre for Research on Race and Education, University of Birmingham. Her research focusses on racialised identity constructions in school history textbooks and curricula.

Lorraine Besnier

Research Associate, IHJR

Lorraine Besnier was heavily involved with the project from September 2019 until December 2020. As project manager, she was involved in different tasks such as supervision of research interns, the writing and reviewing of cases, fundraising and event coordination.

Lorraine Besnier was heavily involved with the project from September 2019 until December 2020. As project manager, she was involved in different tasks such as supervision of research interns, the writing and reviewing of cases, fundraising and event coordination.

Madeline (Maddy) Routon

Research Associate

Maddy is interested in the intersections of geography, creativity, and identity, focusing on urban activism, artistic intervention, and contested borders and place names. She holds a BA in Geography & Environmental Studies from UCLA and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Nature, Society, & Environmental Governance at Oxford.

Maddy is interested in the intersections of geography, creativity, and identity, focusing on urban activism, artistic intervention, and contested borders and place names. She holds a BA in Geography & Environmental Studies from UCLA and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Nature, Society, & Environmental Governance at Oxford.

Catalina Gaete

Journalist & Research Associate, IHJR

Adriana Fuertes

Trainee, EuroClio

Adriana Fuertes works on Outreach and Project management; at Contested Histories she especially helps with Spanish cases. Adriana holds a BA in International Relations, and she is currently doing her second BA in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Alicante.

Adriana Fuertes works on Outreach and Project management; at Contested Histories she especially helps with Spanish cases. Adriana holds a BA in International Relations, and she is currently doing her second BA in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Alicante.

Cameron Scheijde

Research Associate, IHJR

Cameron Scheijde is a researcher specialising in Southern African history and politics. He holds a BSc. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol and an MSc. in African Studies from the University of Oxford, working on contested histories and the impact of historical legacies today in Europe and South Africa.

Cameron Scheijde is a researcher specialising in Southern African history and politics. He holds a BSc. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol and an MSc. in African Studies from the University of Oxford, working on contested histories and the impact of historical legacies today in Europe and South Africa.

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.

Miranda Richman

Research Associate, IHJR

Miranda Richman is a volunteer Research Associate and former IHJR summer intern. She received her B.A. in Government and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and currently works in education. This fall, she will attend Oxford University as an MPhil candidate in International Relations.

Miranda Richman is a volunteer Research Associate and former IHJR summer intern. She received her B.A. in Government and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and currently works in education. This fall, she will attend Oxford University as an MPhil candidate in International Relations.