Maryam Rokhideh

Anthropology & Peace Studies

Maryam Rokhideh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and a graduate 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. Her dissertation research builds on several months of study and ethnographic research in the Democratic Republic of Congo funded by USAID, the Kellogg Institute, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures. Maryam’s current research centers on border populations in Rwanda and DR Congo and the strategies they use to secure their lives and shape their futures amidst persistent insecurity. As a medical anthropologist, Maryam is interested in developing methodology to measure well-being in conflict contexts.


Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Maryam has worked on peacebuilding and development in Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, and South Korea. She has published on post-conflict recovery, mental health, social support, and 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.