Graduate Assistant; International Studies
Annie Rappeport is a doctoral candidate in the international education and policy program at the University of Maryland, with a concentration in international peace studies. She is an Ann C. Wylie 2021 Dissertation Fellow and the 2020 recipient of the University of Maryland Outstanding Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award.
Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Rappeport received her M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and worked for more than five years with the Institute for Shipboard Education (Semester at Sea.) With her work both on land and at sea, Rappeport's role supported student cross-cultural exchanges across more than 30 countries. She herself has traveled extensively for her work in international education and for international research projects and talks.
Rappeport's research interests relate to the importance of memory negotiation after conflict/genocide towards peace-building. This includes the role of oral history and of the arts in the continual shaping and reshaping of national narratives. Her dissertation research explores post-genocide Cambodian context, the Khmer Rouge tribunal and the role of NGOs in collecting, preserving and educating the Cambodian historical narrative.
Rappeport's independent research projects span multiple country contexts and embrace interdisciplinary approaches to inquiries that are relevant to our increasingly globalized and polarized world. She is a member of several interdisciplinary teams that are working together to further understanding of the role of the World Bank in the majority world, indigenous wisdom in education, natural disaster and resilience education in Japan, quality of life perceptions of Cuban immigrants, and the role of listening-based dialogue programs in Israel and Palestine. In 2018, Rappeport received an award from the International Listening Association to speak at its annual meeting in Dublin, Ireland.
Rappeport is also active in shared governance and service, serving two years (2018–2020) as the president for Graduate Student Government, currently as the president for the University System of Maryland Student Council and as the research assistant for the University Senate.