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Catalina Vallejo is the recipient of a 2017 SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Vallejo is particularly interested in how societies come to terms with violent pasts and other major disruptions of the social order and how, through the mobilization of narratives and economic resources, they address suffering. Her dissertation research is provisionally entitled “Pricing Suffering: Compensation for Human Rights Violations in Colombia and Peru”. It investigates how the Colombian and Peruvian states value suffering and develop institutional channels to offer reparations to victims of human rights violations related with armed conflict.