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Hello Everyone, thank you for checking out my website! My name is Emily Maiden and I am an aspiring scholar of political science, peace, and conflict studies. Access my CV here.

I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame completing a Ph.D. in both Political Science and Peace Studies through the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (expected 2019). In political science, my two primary fields are Comparative Politics and International Relations.

My research focuses primarily on the integration of marginalized groups into peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, in 2014, I published an article in the Journal of International Peacekeeping calling for the greater integration of women and civil society groups into the peacebuilding process of the DR Congo. More recently my research has focused on evaluating women’s social movements in Central and Southern Africa. With the support of a Fulbright Scholarship and a USAID Fellowship, my dissertation project explores how countries like Malawi are implementing new policies aimed at combatting the practice of child marriage. For academic year 2017-2018 I will be conducting fieldwork in Malawi.

My interests extend as far as West Africa, including Sierra Leone and Liberia. For example, my Master’s thesis examined issues related to the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) process for female ex-combatants in these countries and a current project examines women’s social movements in Liberia. I am also very interested in understanding peacebuilding processes more generally, including the use of diplomacy, principled negotiation, democratization, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). To this end, I spent Summer 2015 in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. As a USAID Fellow, I conducted research on the democratization processes of South Africa and the United States for the Varieties of Democracy Project.

I recently completed an M.A. in Political Science from Notre Dame (2016) when I passed my first Ph.D. qualifying exam in comparative politics. I already completed an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 2014 and I also hold a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, also from the University of Louisville (2011). While my regional area of focus at the graduate level is sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of my undergraduate training was in Asian/Pacific Rim studies. As an IIE-NSEP Boren Scholar, I earned a diploma in Asian Studies from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Outside of my studies, I currently serve as a Grants and Fellowships Consultant in the Graduate School Office of Grants & Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame. I work directly with graduate students to help them target and apply for internal and external grants and fellowships, including opportunities provided by Fulbright, NSF, and the NIH. From 2012-2014, I worked full-time at the University of Louisville in the Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities. In my capacity as the Assistant to the Director I worked with UofL undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and alumni in their pursuit of prestigious scholarships including the Critical Language, Boren, Udall, Fulbright, Truman, Marshall, and Rhodes scholarships.

Disclaimer: This website is not an official site of the Fulbright Program, USAID, or the U.S. Department of State. The views expressed on this site are entirely those of the author and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, USAID, the U.S. State Department, or any of its partner organizations.


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