Roxani KrystalliVisiting Fellow
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.
- Transitional justice
- Gender and violence in war and transitions
- Humanitarian evidence synthesis
- Qualitative research methods and ethics in vulnerable settings
- The politics of humanitarianism
- Latin America
- Krystalli Roxani, “When humans become data.” Companion on Field Research in Peace and Conflict Studies, edited by Roger Mac Ginty, Birte Vogel, and Roddy Brett. Palgrave MacMillan, 2020 (forthcoming).
- Krystalli, Roxani. “Narrating violence: Feminist dilemmas and approaches.” The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Violence, edited by Laura J. Shepherd. Edwin Edgar Publishing, 2019. Preview available here.
- Krystalli, Roxani. “The politics of noticing.” Reflections on the Sydney Symposium on Gender, (In)Security, and Temporalities of Violence.
- Krystalli, Roxani and Cynthia Enloe. “Doing Feminism.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2020.
- Krystalli, Roxani. A review of Rethinking Silence, Voice, and Agency in Contested Gendered Terrains, edited by Jane Parpart and Swati Parashar. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2019.
- Krystalli, Roxani, Allyson Hawkins, Kim Wilson. “‘I followed the flood’: A gender analysis of the moral and financial economies of forced migration.” Disasters 42 (2018): S17-S39
- Krystalli, Roxani. “Negotiating data management with the National Science Foundation: Transparency and ethics in research relationships.” Interpretive Methodologies and Methods.
- Krystalli, Roxani. “Three Lessons from Victims’ Day in Colombia.” Political Violence at a Glance (2018).
- Wilson, Kimberley and Roxani Krystalli, “The Financial Journey of Refugees: Evidence from Greece, Jordan, and Turkey.” Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security, 2017.
- Mazurana, Dyan, Roxani Krystalli, and Anton Baare. “Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration: Reviewing and Advancing the Field.” In Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict, edited by Fionnuala Ní Aolain, Naomi Can, Dina Haynes and Nahla Valj. Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Krystalli, Roxani and Kimberly Theidon. “Here’s how attention to gender affected Colombia’s peace process.” Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2016.
- Krystalli, Roxani. “The Colombian peace agreement has a big emphasis on the lives of women. Here’s how.” Washington Post, Aug. 19, 2016.
- Wilkinson, Cai, Evren M. Eken, Laura Mills, Roxani Krystalli, Harry D. Gould, Jesse Crane-Seeber, and Paul Kirby. “Responding to #AllMalePanels: A Collage.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 18, 3 (2016). 477-491.
- Krystalli, Roxani. “Why free love in the FARC isn’t so free.” Washington Post, Mar. 14, 2016.
Feinstein Researchers analyze social connections during displacement in the Journal of Refugee Studies
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