My name is Emily Maiden and I am completing a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and Peace Studies through the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. My primary field is Comparative Politics with a second concentration in International Relations. The bulk of my research focuses on the integration of marginalized groups, particularly women and girls, into peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in modern Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also very interested in understanding peacebuilding processes more generally, including the use of diplomacy, principled negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution. My recent work postulating a revision of the peace process in the DRC was recently published in the Journal of International Peacekeeping.
Before joining the Kroc Institute, I completed an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 2014 and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy (also from UofL) in 2011. While my regional area of focus is now firmly rooted in Sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of my undergraduate training blended African and Asian studies. For example, as an IIE-NSEP Boren Scholar (2009-2010), I earned a diploma in Asian Studies from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. There I examined issues of peace, democracy, and human rights across East and Southeast Asia. I also spent some time exploring sociocultural issues in India in 2008 as part of the UofL Honors Scholars Program.
Outside of my studies I enjoy traveling, hiking, and camping with my husband. I cannot say no to a good book or a chicken chimichunga.
Primary Region of Interest: Sub-Saharan Africa, Great Lakes Region
Countries of Interest: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Zambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone