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Dr. Marisa O. Ensor

See Also: Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict  | DDHR

Education

  • LLM. 2007. Master’s of Law in International Human Rights Law. School of Law. University of Essex, UK.
  • Ph.D. 2002. Anthropology. Programs on Involuntary Migration and Resettlement and Gender and International Development, University of Florida.
  • International School of Forced Migration. 2001. Refugee Studies Centre. Queen Elizabeth House. University of Oxford, UK..

Research Interests

International development, governance and human rights, transitional justice, humanitarian emergencies, forced and voluntary migration, peace and conflict studies, childhood, gender, education in emergencies, peoples and cultures of Africa and Latin America.

I am a sociocultural, applied, and legal anthropologist with broad interests in international development and humanitarianism, and a focus on childhood and gender. Much of my academic and applied work has investigated the experiences of young people, women, and minority groups on the margins of society and the global economy, seeking to integrate perspectives from anthropology, political economy, and human rights. Completed projects include an evaluation of effectiveness of participatory methods and indigenous knowledge in a rural development project for displaced Maya farmers in Yucatán, Mexico; a gendered political ecological analysis of post-disaster resettlement and reconstruction outcomes on livelihood strategies among disaster survivors in Honduras; an analysis of child-focused participatory approaches to development from a human rights  perspective; and a study of survival strategies and cultural (re)production among South Sudanese refugee diasporas in Egypt, Uganda and South Sudan.

I have been conducting fieldwork on the role of South Sudanese youth in processes of post-conflict reconstruction, governance, and peace- and nation-building since 2009. My on-going longitudinal research in South Sudan and northern Uganda also examines the interconnections between development, transitional justice and reconciliation, as differentially experienced by young returning refugees and local youth. I am currently working on two new manuscripts, South Sudanese Diasporas: Refugee Communities from Cairo to Kampala, and Humanitarianism in Africa: Global Process and Local Realities (with John Idriss Lahai).

Selected Publications (last five years)

Books

Ensor, Marisa O. (ed.)
2012      African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers. http://us.macmillan.com/africanchildhoods/MarisaOEnsor

Ensor, Marisa O., and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak (eds.)
2010     Children and Migration: At the Crossroads of Resiliency and Vulnerability. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.
http://us.macmillan.com/childrenandmigration

Ensor, Marisa O. (ed.)
2009     The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch: Lessons from Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Honduras. Tucson, Arizona. The University of Arizona Press.                 
http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/BOOKS/bid2155.htm

 

Selected Journal Articles

Ensor, Marisa O.
2013     ‘Participation under Fire: Dilemmas of Reintegration for Child Soldiers Involved in South Sudan’s  Armed Conflict’. Special Issue on Actualization of Children’s Participation Rights. Oxford, UK: Global Studies of Childhood Journal. Spring/Summer 2013.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2012     ‘Youth Culture, Refugee (Re)integration, and Diasporic Identities in South Sudan’. African Identities. Special Issue on Late Modernity and Agency: Youth Cultures in Africa. London, UK:  Routledge.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2012     ‘Child Soldiers and Youth Citizens in South Sudan’s Armed Conflict’. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. Routledge Taylor Francis Group. Volume 24, Issue 3.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2010     ‘Protecting Haiti’s Children: Disasters, Trafficking and Human Rights’. Anthropology  News. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2010     ‘Education and Self-Reliance in Egypt’. Forced Migration Review. Special issue on Urban Displacement, Vol. 34. February 2010. Oxford, UK: FMR.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2008     ‘Displaced Once Again: Honduran Migrant Children in the Path of Katrina’. Journal of Children, Youth and Environment. Especial Issue on Children and Disasters. Vol. 18, No. 2.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2008     ‘Children, Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges and Opportunities for Disaster Anthropology’. Anthropology News. American Anthropological Association.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2007     ‘Blood for Blood: Customary Law, Collective Rights, and Survival in Northern Albania’ . Journal of Sociological Analysis. Autumn 2007, Vol. 1.

 

Chapters in Books
Ensor, Marisa O.
(in Press) ‘Learning from Disasters in Egypt: The Role of History, Oral Traditions and Local Knowledge’. Cultures of Disaster: Shifting Asymmetries between Societies, Cultures and Nature from a Comparative Historical and Transcultural Perspective. Gerrit Jasper Schenk, ed. Springer.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2012     ‘African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent’. Marisa O. Ensor, ed. African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2012     ‘The Next Generation of African Children’. Marisa O. Ensor, ed. African
Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2011     ‘Refugee Youth’ . Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Sana Loue & Martha Sajatovic, eds. Springer Reference.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2011     ‘Disasters’ . Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Sana Loue, & Martha Sajatovic, eds. Springer Reference.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2011     ‘Child Labor’.  Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Sana Loue & Martha Sajatovic, eds. Springer Reference.

Ensor, Marisa O., and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak
2010     ‘Introduction: Migrant Children at the Crossroads’. Marisa O. Ensor and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, eds.  Children and Migration: At the Crossroad of Resiliency and Vulnerability. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2010     ‘Researching Migrant Children: Theory, Method and Ethics’. Marisa O. Ensor and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, eds.  Children and Migration: At the Crossroad of Resiliency and Vulnerability. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Gozdziak, Elzbieta and Marisa O. Ensor
2010     ‘The Way Forward: Conclusions and Recommendations’. Marisa O. Ensor and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, eds.  Children and Migration: At the Crossroad of Resiliency and Vulnerability. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Ensor, Marisa O.
2009     ‘Gender Matters in Post-Disaster Reconstruction’. Marisa O. Ensor, ed. The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press.

Ensor, Marisa O. and Bradley. E Ensor
2009     ‘Hurricane Mitch: Root Causes and Current Trends’. Marisa O. Ensor, ed. The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press.

Ensor, Marisa, BE Ensor, VE Fuentes and R Barrios
2009     ‘The Legacy of Mitch: Lessons for the 21st Century’. Marisa O. Ensor, ed.  The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press.

 

Links

  • The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, IASFM, http://iasfm.org/
Dr. Marisa O. Ensor

Contact Information

Dr. Marisa O. Ensor
Assistant Professor
250 South Stadium Hall – Room 224
Knoxville, Tennessee
37996-0720

Phone: 865-974-2912
Email: mensor@utk.edu