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Brinton Lykes

M. Brinton Lykes
“I was socialized to care deeply for the wounded irrespective of their social status. Yet living and working outside our borders among the poorest and most marginalized of the world has taught me that we must do more - we must situate ourselves and each other within the systems and structures of power that all too frequently silence the majority.” Brinton Lykes, Founder's Day speech at Hollins College, March 2, 2006

M. Brinton Lykes, PhD, is Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, USA. Her long-term, anti-racist feminist activist scholarship with women and children is grounded in the creative arts and ethico-onto-epistem-ologies of Original peoples with whom she engages in long-term accompaniment and solidarity as they: (1) rethread life and document women’s protagonism in the wake of racialized gendered and sexual violence during armed conflict and in post-genocide transitions; and, (2) migrate and persist in the midst of post-deportation human rights violations as they configure transnational families and communities.

She is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and has published extensively in refereed journals and edited volumes, co-edited four books, and co-authored four others including, most recently, Beyond Repair? Mayan Women’s Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm, with Alison Crosby. The American Psychological Association has recognized her activist scholarship through awarding her the International Humanitarian Award in 2013. She also received APA’s Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award in 2012 the Florence L. Denmark and Mary E. Reuder Award for Outstanding International Contributions to the Psychology of Women and Gender in 2014, and the Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action in 2017. The InterAmerican Society of Psychology awarded her the “Judith Gibbons Award” in 2021 when she and Alison Crosby received the Raphael Lemkin Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide for the co-authored volume, Beyond Repair? Brinton is also a co-founder and/or board member of the Boston Women’s Fund, Women’s Rights International, Impunity Watch, and the Martín-Baró Initiative for Wellbeing and Human Rights at Grassroots International and actively collaborates with the Boston-based Undoing Racism Partnership and the New England Anti-Racism Organizers. Her website is tinyurl.com/mbrintonlykes

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Select Bibliography
Lykes, M. Brinton. (2001) Activist participatory research and the arts with rural Mayan women: Interculturality and situated meaning making.

Lykes, M. Brinton. (Fall, 2003). Developing an activist liberatory community psychology: One step at a time. The Community Psychologist, 36(4), 39-42.

Lykes, M. Briton and Erzulie Coquillon (2006). Participatory and action research and feminisms: Towards transformative praxis. In Sharlene Hess-Biber (Ed.). Handbook of feminist research: Theory and praxis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lykes, M. Brinton. and Rachel Hershberg (2012). Participatory action research and feminisms: Social inequalities and transformative praxis. In Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Ed.). Handbook of feminist research: Theory and praxis. pp.297-326. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Lykes, M. Brinton and Alison Crosby. (2014). Feminist Practice of Action and Community Research. In Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Ed.) Feminist Research Practice: A Primer (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks: SAGE publications, pp. 145-181.

Lykes, M. Brinton and Alison Crosby. (2014). Creativity as an intervention strategy with Mayan women in Guatemala. Intervention 2014, Volume 12, Number 1, Page 30 - 42.

Lykes, M. Brinton, and Holly Scheib. (2015). The artistry of emancipatory practice: Photovoice, creative techniques, and feminist anti-racist participatory action research." In Hilary Bradbury-Huang (Ed.) The SAGE handbook of action research: 131-142.

Lykes, M. Brinton, and Alison Crosby. (2015). Participatory action research as a resource for community regeneration in post-conflict contexts. In Methodologies in peace psychology, pp. 237-254. Springer

Lykes, M. Brinton (2017). Community-based and participatory action research: Community psychology collaborations within and across borders. In M. A. Bond, C.B. Keys, I. Serrano-García, & S. Shinn (Editors). Handbook of Community Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Crosby, Alison & M. Brinton Lykes (2019). Beyond repair? Mayan women’s protagonism in the aftermath of genocidal harm. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Spanish translation: Más allá de la reparación: Protagonismo de mujeres mayas en las secuelas del daño genocida. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Cholsamaj. (PDF in Spanish available).

Lykes, M. Brinton and Gabriela Távara, G. (2020). Feminist participatory action research: Co-constructing liberation psychological praxis through dialogic relationality and critical reflexivity. In Lillian Comas Diaz and Edil. Torres-Rivera (Eds.) Liberation Psychology: Theory, Method, Practice, and Social Justice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 111-130. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000198-007

Lykes, M. Brinton, M. Emilia Bianco, Gabriela Távara (2021). Contributions and limitations of diverse qualitative methods to feminist participatory and action research with women in the wake of gross violations of human rights. Methods in Psychology, No 4.

Oct. 31, 2022

Episode 4 with Brinton Lykes and Brisna Caxaj

In this episode, Brinton Lykes and Brisna Caxaj discuss a long-term feminist participatory action research project supporting Mayan women’s agency in their search for redress for harm suffered during the genocidal violence pe...

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