Maria Starzmann

Maria Theresia (“Maresi”) Starzmann is a research associate with the Reshaping Prosecution program. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University and brings expertise in qualitative research with a focus on participatory methodologies. At Vera, she conducts Participatory Action Research (PAR) to better understand local communities’ experiences with the U.S. criminal legal system and to map pathways toward increasing transparency in prosecution, advancing racial equity, and ending mass incarceration. Prior to joining Vera in 2020, Maresi worked as a project manager in the New York office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, where she implemented public programming on women’s rights, climate justice, and monitoring far-right extremism. She was previously an assistant professor at McGill University in Montreal and at Free University in Berlin, where her research and teaching focused on the history of colonialism, historical justice, memory, and cultural heritage.