Aminata Ndow is a second year PhD Student in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Originally from Belgium, she holds a BA in History from the University of Antwerp and a MA in History from Ghent University. Growing up in Belgium to a Belgian mother and a Gambian father prompted her to co-found Black History Month Belgium during her time at University. Her research interests include violence and trauma, death and dying, mourning and bereavement, human rights, transitional justice, memory politics, exhumation politics, post-conflict coexistence, civil society, civilian resistance and epistemology, and research ethics. Aminata’s current research broadly explores the dictatorship and transitional justice era in The Gambia (1994-present). Specifically, she studies the affective and political responses to summary executions and enforced disappearances in The Gambia. In her free time, she enjoys plant-based cooking, exploring museums and art galleries, vintage and second-hand shopping, watching old, independent and/or foreign films, and spending time in nature.