Maryam Rokhideh is a PhD candidate in the joint Peace Studies and Anthropology Program. She holds a Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship and was awarded a Fulbright for her dissertation research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Maryam’s research focuses on regional security, women’s economic empowerment, and well-being in the Great Lakes region of Africa. As an anthropologist, Maryam is interested in developing methodology to measure resilience and well-being during conflict. Her dissertation research examines how conflict-affected populations navigate daily insecurity and seek alternative livelihood strategies to improve their well-being. Her dissertation builds on several months of ethnographic research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda with generous support from the Kellogg Institute, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, USAID, NSF, and Fulbright. 

Maryam has served as a consultant for the United Nations, USAID, and the World Health Organization on peacebuilding and development projects. She has published on gender, health, and post-conflict recovery. Maryam holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford and graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in International Studies.

Thematic Interests

My research looks at the strategies and resources individuals and communities use to move beyond survival and resilience towards the pursuit of a good life and long-term decision-making in post-conflict settings. I ask how people find creative and active ways to gain a sense of control and normalcy in situations of violence and uncertainty?


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