Fellows

The World Peace Foundation Program at The Fletcher School will provide Fellowships on an ad hoc basis to students and individuals who are working on research of interest to the WPF and is relevant to the foundation’s research programs. WPF is a non-grant giving foundation and does not solicit grants or fellowship applications.

Academic Year 2017-2018

Dyan Mazurana (Fellow since 2015), PhD, is a Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, an Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School and a WPF Senior Fellow, leading the program on “Gender and Experiences of War and Recovery.”  Her areas of focus include women’s and children’s rights during armed conflict and post conflict, serious crimes and violations committed during armed conflict and their effects on victims and civilian populations, armed opposition groups, and remedy and reparation. She works with a number of governments, UN agencies and NGOs on these areas. Mazurana has published over 70 scholarly and policy books and articles. Her latest book is A View from Below: Conducting Research in Conflict Zones, edited with Karen Jacobsen, and Lacey Gale (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Other recent books: include Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) with Nematollah Nojumi and Elizabeth Stites; Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) with Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart. Mazurana has carried out research in Afghanistan, the Balkans, several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and Nepal.

Her full bio is available and more complete list of publications is available through the Feinstein Interntional Center. 

For publications produced through Dyan Mazurana’s WPF Fellowship click here.

Dyan.Mazurana@tufts.edu

 

Academic Year 2016 – 2017

Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe (Fellow 2015 – 2016) was Program Director of the WPF African security sector and peace operations program, and he led the WPF project on Peace Missions in Africa. He served as the director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University from 2009-2011. He holds an MA in Public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from the Open University of London, a BA degree in International Management from the Amsterdam School of Business. Until 2001 Mulugeta was a member of the military and political leadership of the Tigray’s People Liberation Front. As a military leader he contributed to the victory over the then Military Junta led by Mengistu Hailemariam and subsequently was in charge of demobilizing over 300 000 combatants of the defeated army. Altogether, Mulugeta has more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the Ethiopian public and private sectors. As an expert in Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution with a focus on East Africa he has consulted with different international organizations including AU, DFID, DANIDA, ECOWAS, GIZ, IGAD, UNMIS, UNAMID, and UNDPA.
Solomon Ayele Dersso is a leading legal scholar and analyst of peace and security and current African and African Union (AU) affairs. Formerly the Head of the Peace and Security Council Report of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Dr. Dersso currently serves as Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Apart from engaging in legal scholarship including teaching and academic and policy publications, Dr. Dersso regularly writes commentaries and op-ed articles on current African affairs for various platforms including Al Jazeera English. He received a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, LLM Degree from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and LLB from School of Law, Addis Ababa University.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Sarah Nouwen was a visiting Senior Fellow at the World Peace Foundation from September to December 2015, working on a research project on the role that international law played in South Sudan’s independence and in the negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan. This project formed part of her larger ESRC-funded research programme “Peacemaking: What’s Law Got to Do With It?”. Sarah is a University Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, Deputy Director of theLauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Prior to assuming her lectureship, Sarah served as Legal Advisor to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. She has also worked as a consultant for various NGOs, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Department for International Development (DfID) on rule-of-law building and transitional justice in Sudan. Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, The Hague and Sudan and for an NGO in Senegal.Sarah holds an LLM (cum laude, Utrecht, with a specialisation in Cape Town), an MPhil in International Relations (Cantab) and a PhD in International Law (Cantab). She is the author of Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and various articles concerning international criminal law & politics, hybrid courts, victims, the rule of law and Uganda and Sudan.In 2014 she was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant and won a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her scholarship.
Kenneth Chukwuemeka Nwoko is Associate Professor and currently Acting Head of the Department of History & International Studies, McPherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He received his PhD (History & Strategic Studies) from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. His teaching and research interests include African history, International Relations, Strategic Studies, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Nwoko is a 2012 Laureate of CODESRIA’s Afro-Arab Institute, Rabat, Morocco. He is also a Residential Postdoctoral Fellow of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), USA, and External Scholar of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana. He has published extensively in scholarly journals and contributed chapters in edited books. He recently co-edited an anthology, Dynamics of Culture and Tourism in Africa: Perspectives on Africa’s Development in the 21st Century (Ilesha Remo, Nigeria: Babcock University Press, 2015)

Academic Year 2014-2015

Noel Twagiramungu  is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He holds a PhD from The Fletcher School and an LLM from Utrecht University. A former fellow at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and Smith College. His teaching and research focus on African politics, human rights, ethnopolitics, and post-conflict transformational processes. A winner of the African Studies Association’s Best Graduate Paper Prize, his publications include a thesis on variation in the transition from genocidal violence to rebel governance, two co-authored volumes, Supporting the Post-conflict Transition in Rwanda: The Role of the International Community, and Cyiza Un Homme Libre au Rwanda, and numerous papers and case-studies. He has also contributed to UNDP’s Human Development Report, Oxford bibliographies Online, and Scarecrow Press’s historical dictionaries series, and served as peer-reviewer for scholarly journals. Before joining the academia, Noel worked for a decade as executive manager within international agencies and human rights groups in post-genocide Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.