Roxani Krystalli

Roxani KrystalliVisiting Fellow

Working with Feinstein Since: 2013
Based in: Scotland, UK

In September 2020, Roxani will start an appointment as a permanent Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her research and teaching will focus on feminist approaches to peace and conflict studies.Roxani has spent more than a decade focused on understanding people’s experiences of violence and justice in the aftermath of armed conflict. She works with former combatants, refugees, victims and survivors of violence throughout Latin America, the Mediterranean, and East Africa.  

 Between July 2014 and May 2020, Roxani was a Program Manager at Feinstein International Center. Her work examined issues of gender, war, critical humanitarianism, and peace-building. During her time at the Feinstein International Center, Roxani managed partnerships with Oxfam and Mercy Corps and conducted collaborative research on how people survive during and after conflict, on the experiences of refugees in the Mediterranean, and on practices for synthesizing humanitarian evidence. During this time, she also led an independent research study on the politics of victimhood during transitions from violence, focused on Colombia. This work culminated in her Ph.D. from The Fletcher School. 

In 2020, Roxani was recognized with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Her research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, a United States Institute Peace Scholarship, two Social Science Research Council fellowships, and fellowships at the World Peace Foundation and the Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security.  

 Her work has appeared or been cited in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Disasters, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, Open Democracy, and on numerous blogs and podcasts, including on her own award-winning blog, Stories of Conflict and Love.  

Roxani holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. from Harvard University.  

Twitter: @rkrystalli

Research Interests:
  • Transitional justice
  • Gender and violence in war and transitions
  • Humanitarian evidence synthesis
  • Qualitative research methods and ethics in vulnerable settings
  • The politics of humanitarianism
Regional Focus:
  • Latin America
Most Recent External Publications:

News Items

Roxani Krystalli participates in workshops on narratives, feminism, and violence
March 6, 2020

In February 2020, Roxani Krystalli participated in an invitation-only workshop on narratives, feminism, and violence, hosted at the Swedish Defense University by Professor Annick Wibben. Roxani and the fellow workshop participants discussed narrative approaches to…

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Krystalli and Enloe discuss in the International Feminist Journal of Politics
December 20, 2019

Roxani Krystalli and Cynthia Enloe co-authored a piece in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, in which they discuss writing in the academy and beyond, the meanings of politics, doing feminism,…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Social Connectedness, Livelihoods, and Resilience in Complex Emergencies

In this partnership with Mercy Corps, the Feinstein International Center team investigates the nature of social networks and social connectedness, and explores how humanitarian assistance can strengthen these as a key aspect of resilience, recovery and relief interventions in complex humanitarian emergencies.

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Getting in or missing out? Understanding the poor’s interactions with market systems and international programming

Feinstein’s work as part of the Apolou project seeks to understand the impacts over time of a shift to an increasingly cash-based economy on different wealth, livelihood, and demographic groups.

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Feinstein Publications

The Currency of Connections: The impact of weddings and rituals on social connections in Bentiu, South Sudan
Weddings and Rituals

This briefing paper examines changes to wedding rituals and the nature of marriages in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site and adjacent areas of Rubkona and Bentiu towns.

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The Currency of Connections: The establishment and reconfiguration of informal livelihood groups in Bentiu, South Sudan

This briefing paper explores the establishment and reconfiguration of informal livelihood groups and associations as a form of socioeconomic connectedness in Bentiu, South Sudan.

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