Andrea Dooley received her BSS in Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco State University in 2003, where she wrote a senior thesis focused on 1990s New Urbanism architectural strategies and spatial segregation. She completed an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts in 2006. Andrea’s master’s thesis entitled “It Seemed the Earth Could Not Hold Them: Public Genocide Memorials in Rwanda” interrogated emerging strategies of memorialization and public discourse. Her thesis focused on the politics of representation, personal narrative and the dialog between place and trauma. Andrea conducted field research in Rwanda 2005, which included interviews with genocide survivors, non-governmental organizations and memorial site visits. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural studies at the University of California Davis where she was awarded the Presidents Pre-doctoral Multi-year Fellowship by the Davis Humanities Institute. At UC Davis, she plans to further investigate such issues as multivalent memorial space, implicated geographies marked by historical trauma, place and reconciliation and the language of the unimaginable in the context of genocide.