Dyan Mazurana

Dyan MazuranaResearch Director, Gender, Youth, and Community, Feinstein
Associate Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Director, Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) program
Senior Fellow, World Peace Foundation

Working with Feinstein Since: 2003
Based in: Boston area, MA

Dyan Mazurana leads Feinstein’s research in the areas of women, children, and armed conflict, gendered dimensions of humanitarian response to conflict and crises, documenting serious crimes committed during conflict, and accountability, remedy, and reparation. She serves as an advisor to several governments, UN agencies, human rights NGOs, and child protection organizations regarding humanitarian assistance and improving efforts to assist youth and women affected by armed conflict. This work includes the protection of women and children during armed conflict, including those people associated with fighting forces, as well as remedy and reparation in the aftermath of violence.

Dyan has written and developed training materials regarding gender, human rights, armed conflict, and post-conflict periods for civilian, police, and military peacekeepers involved in UN and NATO operations. In conjunction with international human rights groups, she contributed to materials now widely used to assist in documenting serious violations and abuses against women and girls during conflict and post-conflict reconstruction periods. She has worked in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Nepal, and southern, west and east Africa.

She has published more than 85 scholarly and policy books, articles, and international reports and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Dyan has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in women’s studies from Clark University. She also holds an M.A. and B.F.A. from the University of Wyoming, where she studied painting, art history, and feminist theory.

Dyan has practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition of the Order of Interbeing under Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 20 years. She lives with her two children and their dog in a home with ever expanding gardens.

Research Interests:
  • Gender dimensions of non-state armed groups
  • The ways in which war-affected populations, particularly victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, recover—or not—from conflict, and the remedy and reparation for survivors that support recovery
  • Gender and humanitarian response
Regional Focus:
  • East Africa
  • South Asia
Courses Taught:
  • Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies (DHP D231), Spring Term
  • Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (NUTR 222/DHP D232), Fall Term
Most Cited Books and Articles:
  • Prisca Benelli, Dyan Mazurana, and Peter Walker. 2012. “Using Sex and Age Disaggregated Data to Improve Humanitarian Response in Emergencies.” Gender and Development 20(2): 219-232.
  • Jeannie Annan, Christopher Blattman, Dyan Mazurana, and Khristopher Carlson.  2011. “Civil War, Reintegration and Gender in Northern Uganda.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 55 (6): 875-906.
  • Dyan Mazurana, Angela Raven-Roberts, and Jane Parpart, eds. 2005. Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping.  Rowman and Littlefield: Oxford and Boulder.
  • Susan McKay, Susan and Dyan Mazurana. 2004. Where are the Girls? Girls in Fighting Forces in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique: Their Lives During and After War. Montréal, Canada: International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. (Published in English and French)
  • United Nations.  2002.  Women, Peace and Security: Study of the United Nations Secretary-General as Pursuant Security Council Resolution 1325.  New York: United Nations. (Published in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).  Mazurana served as a lead author.
Most Recent External Publications:
  • Dallin Van Leuven, Dyan Mazurana, and Rachel Gordon. 2016. “Analysing Foreign Females and Males in the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) through a Gender Perspective.” In Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond, ed. Andrea de Guttry, Francesca Capone, and Christopher Paulusse. ASSER/Springer Verlag.
  • Dyan Mazurana, Dyan, Anton Baare and Roxanne Krystalli. 2016. “Gender, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration.” In Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict, ed. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Dina Hayes, Naomi Cahn, and Nalha Valji. Oxford University Press.
  • Dyan Mazurana and Keith Proctor. 2014. “Gender and Humanitarian Action,” Handbook on Humanitarian Action, ed. Roger Mac Ginty and Jenny H. Peterson, 49-61.  Routledge.
  • Dyan Mazurana. 2013. “The Gendered Impact of Conflict and Peacekeeping in Africa.” Conflict Trends 2.
  • Prisca Benelli, Dyan Mazurana, and Peter Walker. 2012. “Using Sex and Age Disaggregated Data to Improve Humanitarian Response in Emergencies.” Gender and Development 20(2): 219-232.

News Items

UN official cites Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly report in call for end to tolerance of sexual abuse
June 28, 2017

Devex reported that Kate Gilmore, U.N. deputy high commissioner for human rights, called upon a packed audience at a side event held during the U.N. Economic and Social Council Humanitarian Affairs…

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Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly’s report on sexual assault against aid workers praised by Devex
June 6, 2017

Devex’s June 6, 2017 story on sexual assault against aid workers praised Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly’s recent report. The article describes the report and other recent finding on the…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Sexual Assault and Humanitarian Workers Project

This study examines the issue of sexual assault against humanitarian and development aid workers.

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Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Generating stronger evidence on conflict situations

The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium aims to generate a stronger evidence base on how people in conflict-affected situations make a living, access basic services like health care, education and water, and perceive and engage with governance at local and national levels.

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Feinstein Publications

Livelihoods, conflict and recovery: findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

This report synthesizes findings on livelihoods from research projects that took place over five years in eight countries affected by fragility and conflict as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC).

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STOP the Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers

This report contributes to understanding, preventing, and responding to sexual harassment and assault against humanitarian and development aid workers. It presents findings on: who the survivors of sexual harassment and…

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