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Emily MaidenEmily Maiden

I am a PhD student in Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame focusing on comparative political conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa. I hold an M.A. in Political Science (2014) and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy (2011), both from the University of Louisville. I also have a Diploma in Asian Studies (2010) from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

My studies and research focus primarily on the integration of marginalized groups—particularly females—into peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, including disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR). More recently, my research has focused on evaluating women’s social movements in Central and Southern Africa. To augment my interests in gender, I am competing a graduate minor in Gender Studies at ND.

I am also interested in understanding peacebuilding processes more generally, including the use of diplomacy, principled negotiation, and democratization. To this end, I spent Summer 2015 in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. As a USAID Fellow, I conducted research on the democratization processes of South Africa and the United States for the Varieties of Democracy Project. My work has been published in the Journal of International Peacekeeping and theGendered Perspectives of International Development Resource Bulletin.

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