Roxani Krystalli

Roxani KrystalliProgram Manager

Working with Feinstein Since: 2013
Based in: Somerville, MA

At Feinstein, Roxani Krystalli is a Program Manager and her work examines issues of gender, war, and peace-building. Roxani is particularly interested in the ethics of storytelling about violence. She has spent a decade focusing on understanding people’s experiences of violence and justice in the aftermath of armed conflict, including working with former combatants, refugees, victims and survivors of violence throughout Latin America, the Mediterranean, and East Africa.

For her work, Roxani has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She has also been recognized as a United States Institute of Peace ‘Peace Scholar’, a Social Science Research Council Fellow, a Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security Fellow, and a recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant. Her work has appeared or been cited in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Disasters, The International Feminist Journal of PoliticsOpen Democracy, and on numerous blogs and podcasts, including on her own award-winning blog, Stories of Conflict and Love. She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and she is currently completing a PhD at The Fletcher School while being a Visiting Scholar at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. 

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

News Items

Roxani Krystalli presents research on peace and justice in Colombia
November 6, 2019

Roxani Krystalli has recently presented her ongoing research on the politics of victimhood during transitions from violence in Colombia. As the invited lecturer at the University of Glasgow Global Security program…

Read More
Roxani Krystalli publishes book review on silence in international relations
September 30, 2019

In a recent book review published with the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Roxani Krystalli reflected on how the study of violence theoretically, methodologically, and empirically engages with silences. Reviewing Jane Parpart and Swati…

Read More

Feinstein Research Projects

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.

Read More
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.

Read More

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.

Read More
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.

Read More