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 Hahn 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.

Feinstein Publications

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Implications for Humanitarian Response
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By Dyan Mazurana, Daniel Maxwell | February 2016

This policy brief presents the implications of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy for the people they strive to assist, Sweden’s own humanitarian policy and operations, and more broadly the whole humanitarian…

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Peacebuilding and Service Delivery
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The briefing paper explores the relationship between service delivery, peace-building, and state legitimacy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. It finds that the…

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Briefing Paper: Making Gender-Just Remedy and Reparations Possible Upholding the Rights of Women and Girls in Uganda's Greater North
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Victims of serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law have a clearly established right to remedy and reparation. This right must be recognized without discrimination of…

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Briefing Paper: Recovery in Northern Uganda How are people surviving post-conflict?
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In 2012/13, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and…

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Briefing Paper: The impact of serious crimes during the war on households today in Northern Uganda
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In 2012/13, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and…

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Briefing Paper: The war-wounded and recovery in Northern Uganda
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In 2012/13, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and…

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Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance – baseline evidence from Uganda
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In 2012/13, SLRC implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and experience of basic services, exposure to…

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Making Gender-Just Remedy and Reparation Possible Upholding the Rights of Women and Girls in the Greater North of Uganda
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Victims of serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law have a clearly established right to remedy and reparation. This right must be recognized without discrimination of…

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Livelihoods, Basic Services and Social Protection in Northern Uganda and Karamoja
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This paper synthesizes current evidence on how people are recovering their livelihoods and accessing basic services and social protection interventions in the conflict-affected regions of Uganda’s Greater North.

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Sex and Age Matter Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies
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This report shows that proper collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, or SADD, allows operational agencies to deliver assistance more effectively and efficiently in a crisis.

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Accountability and Reconciliation in Northern Uganda
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By Khristopher Carlson and Dyan Mazurana. 2010. Sharanjeet Parmar, Mindy Jane Roseman, Saudamini Siegrist, and Theo Sowa (eds.) Children and Transitional Justice: Truth-Telling, Accountability and Reconciliation. Harvard University Press.

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Forced Marriage within the Lord’s Resistance Army, Uganda
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The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)—a rebel movement fighting the government of Uganda—is estimated to have kidnapped over 60,000 Ugandan children and youth. Those abducted include one in three male adolescents…

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The State of Female Youth in Northern Uganda Findings from the Survey of War-Affected Youth
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Youth are simultaneously the primary victims and the primary actors in the two-decade long war in northern Uganda. While we know that youth have suffered (and continue to do so),…

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Angering Akuju Survival and Suffering in Karamoja
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Karamoja is the poorest and least developed region of Uganda. The population experiences chronic food insecurity, little access to basic services, the weakening of traditional livelihood systems, ongoing insecurity, human…

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Out-migration, Return, and Resettlement in Karamoja, Uganda The case of Kobulin, Bokora County
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As part of a larger project entitled “Livelihoods and Human Security in Karamoja,” this briefing paper presents findings on causal factors and broad patterns in out-migration among the Bokora population….

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Movement on the Margins Livelihoods and Security in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda
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The protracted conflict in northern Uganda has created profound insecurity, brought the widespread loss of agrarian livelihoods, and pushed nearly two million people into internal displacement camps. With the current…

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In Search of Security A Regional Analysis of Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda, Eastern Uganda, and Southern Sudan
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By Dyan Mazurana | November 2005

The war and humanitarian crises engulfing northern Uganda are intricately linked with the armed conflict and unrest in eastern Uganda and southern Sudan. As a result of the links between…

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Coping with War, Coping with Peace Livelihood Adaptation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1989-2004
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This study uses a livelihood framework to examine and analyze household livelihood strategies across three time periods in six rural villages in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The three time periods examined are the…

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Human Security and Livelihoods of Rural Afghans, 2002-2003
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This report documents and analyzes recent countrywide trends in the relationship between human security and livelihoods throughout rural Afghanistan from 2002-2003. All countrywide information is generated by analyses of 2003…

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Feinstein Research Projects

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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Gender, Sex, and Age in Humanitarian Response

This page brings together multiple projects related to gender, sex, and age in humanitarian response.

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News Items

Rachel Gordon presents panel at Nordic Africa Days conference
September 23, 2016

On Friday September 23, Feinstein’s Rachel Gordon presented a panel at the Nordic Africa Days, the Nordic Africa Institute’s biannual conference. The panel—titled: Gender, sexuality, and violence during and after…

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Fall classes are starting soon!
September 2, 2016

Classes are starting soon, and Feinstein faculty, researchers, and visiting fellows will be bringing their vast experiences to the classroom! Look below for the list of courses. Friedman and Fletcher…

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Dyan Mazurana and Dallin Van Leuven publish for African Politics, African Peace
June 20, 2016

Dyan Mazurana and Dallin Van Leuven published their summary paper, “Protection of Civilians from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV): Insights for African Union Peace Missions.” This paper is the ninth…

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Dyan Mazurana discusses research findings with government and academic leaders
June 15, 2016

Dyan Mazurana recently presented research findings at five briefings hosted by OECD, DFID, members of the UK House of Lords, ECHO, and the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Mazurana presented findings…

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Dyan Mazurana discusses remedy and reparations in Uganda
April 28, 2016

Dyan Mazurana spoke on her 17 years of research in northern Uganda at the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights on April 27, 2016. She focused her remarks on findings…

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Dyan Mazurana discusses ways to prevent sexual violence in war on PRI’s The World
April 15, 2016

Dyan Mazurana talked with Marco Werman on PRI’s The World on the second anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 girls from the Chibok School dormitory in Nigeria. She describes…

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Dyan Mazurana cited in the House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict Report
April 13, 2016

The House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict published Sexual Violence in Conflict: A War Crime on April 12, 2016. The document calls on the British government to…

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Dallin Van Leuven, Dyan Mazurana, and Rachel Gordon publish chapter in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond
April 1, 2016

Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond is a collection of contributions from outstanding experts in the field  that tackles the important and underexplored phenomenon of foreign fighters. Dallin, Dyan,…

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Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly publish on sexual violence in conflict in the Crisis Response Journal
March 23, 2016

Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly published an article “Sexual Violence in Conflict” in the the March 2016 issue of the Crisis Response Journal (Volume 11, Issue 3). In this article,…

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Feinstein Research featured at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies
March 8, 2016

Two Feinstein/Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) research projects were presented at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies: Teddy Atim helped organize the “Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Humanitarian Crises” panel….

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Feinstein International Center faculty course offerings – Spring 2016
January 20, 2016

The spring semester has begun at The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Feinstein International Center Faculty…

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FIC faculty and researchers support creation of Gender Analysis in International Studies program
December 7, 2015

Feinstein International Center faculty and researchers have supported the creation of a Gender Analysis in International Studies program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professor Dyan Mazurana, FIC…

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Mazurana, Gordon and Van Leuven preview book chapter on gender and ISIL
August 20, 2015

Dr. Dyan Mazurana, FIC’s Research Director on Gender, Youth, and Community, along with Researcher Rachel Gordon and Dallin Van Leuven, have authored a series of blog posts previewing their latest…

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Faculty host workshop on ethics and practicalities of field work
May 14, 2015

On May 12, 2015, Professors Karen Jacobsen (Acting Director, Feinstein International Center), Dyan Mazurana (Research Director on Gender, Youth and Community), and Kim Wilson (Visiting Fellow) co-hosted a day-long workshop…

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Dyan Mazurana and Keith Proctor author chapter on gender analysis for Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action
May 11, 2015

Dr. Dyan Mazurana, Feinstein International Center’s Research Director on Gender, Youth, and Community, and Keith Proctor, Visiting Fellow, have co-authored a chapter on the role and function of gender analysis…

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Dyan Mazurana Discusses Role of Gender Analysis in Humanitarian Settings
December 18, 2014

On a recent HHI podcast Dr. Dyan Mazurana, Research Director for Gender, Youth, and Community at the Feinstein International Center and Associate Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and…

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