Sarah-Jane Koulen

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Sarah-Jane Koulen is a sixth year PhD candidate in Anthropology. Her research focuses on the development of international criminal law as a response to violations of human rights and humanitarian norms. She is interested in what it means to extend criminal punishment to the global level, how certain harms become defined as crimes, and spent two years doing participant observation with international criminal lawyers in The Hague. Before starting at Princeton, she completed an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and worked in the field of humanitarian assistance and international law (Oxfam, Cordaid and the Coalition for the ICC). Sarah-Jane was born in NYC, but raised in The Netherlands, has a Dutch father and a Guyanese mother, and also speaks Dutch. When not pretending to write writing her dissertation, she enjoys experimenting with vegan recipes, working on DIY projects in and around her apartment, and feels happiest when she is riding her bicycle (the sturdy, Dutch kind!) or immersed in a good story.