Ivoline is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. Her MSc in Anthropology (summa cum laude) from the Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC), focused on the role of language in identity construction, intercultural interaction, and intergenerational transmission of cultural values/norms. She also obtained an MA in Cross-cultural Communication and Media (Distinction) from Newcastle University, the UK where she was a Chevening scholar (2017). Her focus here was on the part media plays in enhancing ideologies and perceptions of race and gender among various cultural backgrounds.
Ivoline has worked with several organizations and institutions as a teacher, researcher, writer/journalist, resource person/mentor, peer educator, and facilitator, especially in the domains of education, communication and media, holistic growth, reproductive health (with focus on HIV/AIDS), and creativity and capacity building.
Her interests center around how communities and individuals within them construct, embed, deconstruct, and use language, media, and other forms/ means of communication vis-à-vis political and socio-cultural interests and/ or ideologies (especially in areas of conflict), identity construction at several levels (local, national, international), and dominance/ power especially regarding gender, ethnicity/race and age.
Ivoline’s hope is that her research will yield results which can contribute to fostering positive change, development, empowerment, and peace especially among the more vulnerable members of society.