Maryam Rokhideh

Anthropology & Peace Studies

Maryam Rokhideh is a PhD candidate in the joint Peace Studies and Anthropology Program. She holds a Pepe Peace Fellowship, Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship, and was awarded a Fulbright to conduct dissertation research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Maryam’s research focuses on regional security, women’s economic empowerment, and resilience in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Her dissertation research examines the lives and livelihoods of women cross-border traders to understand how women's economic roles contribute to processes of economic recovery, development, and peacebuilding in chronic conflict settings. Her research builds on over 12 months of mixed methods and ethnographic research in the Great Lakes region where she provided technical assistance to USAID, WHO, and US Embassy in Rwanda.

Prior to coming to ND, Maryam has worked with UN Women, USAID, and International Alert on peacebuilding and development projects. She has published on gender, health, and post-conflict recovery. Maryam holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford and graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in International Studies.