Kefen Ivoline Budji is a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology minoring in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. She holds an MSc in Cultural Anthropology from the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (2015), and an MA in Cross-cultural Communication and Media from Newcastle University, UK (2018).
Her current work is located within the intersection between communication/ media, armed conflict, and migration. Particularly, she studies how communities, especially their more vulnerable members like women, construct, embed, deconstruct, and use language, media, and other forms/means of communication vis-à-vis political and socio-cultural interests and/or ideologies, in contexts of (armed) conflict, ethnic/racial tensions, and (forced and voluntary) migration. She is also passionate about edutainment, specifically using art, media, and creativity as tools of empowerment, voice, and education.
Budji’s hope is that her research will yield results which can contribute to fostering peace, human development, better intercultural interaction, and empowerment especially among the more vulnerable members of society.