Maryam Rokhideh


Maryam Rokhideh is a PhD candidate in the joint Peace Studies and Anthropology Program and is an affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She holds a Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship and was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Research grant for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Maryam’s research focuses on coping strategies, livelihoods, and well-being in the Great Lakes region of Africa. As a medical anthropologist, Maryam is interested in developing methodology to measure well-being in conflict contexts. Her dissertation research examines how conflict populations living on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda navigate daily insecurity and seek alternative livelihood strategies to improve their well-being. Her dissertation builds on several months of ethnographic research in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she worked with USAID and local non-governmental organizations.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Maryam worked in Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, and South Korea on peacebuilding and development issues for USAID, UN Women, and International Alert. She has published on post-conflict recovery, mental health, gender, and economic outcomes. Maryam holds an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, and graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in International Studies.

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