Dyan Mazurana

Research Director and Professor

Research Professor, The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Research Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition

Senior Fellow, World Peace Foundation


Working with Feinstein since 2003

Based in Boston area, MA

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Dyan Mazurana directs Feinstein’s Research Program on Women, Children, and Armed Conflict and co-directs the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) Program. She focuses on 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, Southeastern Europe, Nepal, and southern, west and east Africa.

She has published more than 100 scholarly and policy books, articles, and international reports and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Mazurana has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in women’s studies from Clark University, where she studied International Relations and Comparative Politics; International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law during armed conflict, with an emphasis on women’s rights; Critical Social Theory, English and Comparative Languages. 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.


  • 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
  • Gender dimensions of non-state armed groups


  • East Africa
  • South Asia
  • Mexico
  • Central America


  • 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
  • Children, Violence, Protection, and Resilience (DHP D240), Spring Term


  • Benelli, Prisca, Dyan Mazurana, and Peter Walker. “Using Sex and Age Disaggregated Data to Improve Humanitarian Response in Emergencies.” Gender & Development 20, no. 2 (2012): 219–32. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552074.2012.687219.
  • Annan, Jeannie, Christopher Blattman, Dyan Mazurana, and Khristopher Carlson. “Civil War, Reintegration, and Gender in Northern Uganda.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 55, no. 6 (2011): 877–908. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022002711408013.
  • Mazurana, Dyan, Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart. Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping.  Rowman and Littlefield: Oxford and Boulder (2005).
  • McKay , Susan, and Dyan Mazurana . “Where Are the Girls? Girls in Fighting Forces in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique: Their Lives During and After War.” International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, 2004. https://doi.org/10.1163/2210-7975_hrd-4208-0155.
  • United Nations. Women, Peace and Security: Study of the United Nations Secretary-General as Pursuant Security Council Resolution 1325.  New York: United Nations, 2002. (Published in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).  Mazurana served as a lead author.


  • Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation, ed. Kimberly Theidon and Dyan Mazurana (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • Atim, Teddy, Dyan Mazurana, and Anastasia Marshak. “Women Survivors and Their Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence in Northern Uganda.” Disasters 42 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12275.
  • Proctor, Keith, and Dyan Mazurana. “The Role of Gender in Mobilizing and Countering Fundamentalist Violent Extremist Organizations.” The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security, 2018, 227–38. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315525099-20.
  • Mazurana, Dyan, Roxanne Krystalli, and Anton Baaré. “Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration.” Oxford Handbooks Online, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199300983.013.35.
  • Mazurana , Dyan, and Bretton McEvoy . “Enhancing Women’s Access to Justice in the Transitional Phase.” Practitioner’s Manual on Women’s Access to Justice, 2017.
  • Mazurana, Dyan, Anastasia Marshak, Teddy Atim, Rachel Gordon and Bretton McEvoy.*“Disability and Recovery from War in Northern Uganda,” Third World Thematic: A Third World Quarterly, 2016. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1235469 .