Dr R Latham Lechowick is a Research Associate within the Global History Lab at CRASSH. Rick’s academic background is multi-disciplinary, with interests spanning Ethnography and Oral History to International Relations and Conflict Resolution to Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Ethno-Political Studies. His most recent work, ‘I Won’t Let Them Be Like Me’, is a study of, and with, Ezidi (Yezidi) women in Northern Iraq who survived the 2014 Sinjar Genocide. Utilising the women’s words and stories, the ethnographic work portrays their daily lives, experiences, memories, and hopes for themselves, their children, their families, and Ezidi society as a whole. The work examines self-professed changes in agency and identity and how these are affected by the genocide and the resulting forced migration.
An aid-worker as well as an academic, Rick has specialised in working in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Iraq, the West Bank, and Aceh, Indonesia. Within this role, he has taught refugees and IDPs (Internally-Displaced Persons), leading classes in English, as well as Drama, Improv, and Video Production.