Roxani "Roxanne" Krystalli

  • MA, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • BA, Harvard University


Roxani Krystalli is the Program Manager at Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. Her focuses on patterns of violence in mass atrocities and on victim-centered transitional justice, paying particular attention to gender and other dimensions of power. Roxani has spent a decade working on issues of gender and violence in conflict areas and transitional contexts, including working with ex-combatants and victims of violence in Colombia, Guatemala, Uganda, Sudan, Mexico, Pakistan, and other areas in collaboration with international organizations and community-based groups, including Mercy Corps, the International Rescue Committee, and others. Her most recent project is a multi-country refugee research study, examining the moral and financial economies of forced migration. For her work, Roxani has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. She is a current US Institute of Peace “Peace Scholar,” a recipient of the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship and Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship and holds a fellowship from the Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security. Her published work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Conversation, Political Violence at a Glance, Open Democracy, Women Under Siege, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative blog. Roxanne has a BA from Harvard University and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School, where she is researching the politics of victimhood during transitions from violence, with a focus on the case of Colombia.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service, Tufts University
  • US Institute of Peace Peace Scholar
  • Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship
  • Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security
  • Program on Negotiation Summer Fellowship, Harvard University (2013)

• Krystalli, Roxani, Allyson Hawkins, and Kim Wilson. "‘I followed the flood’: a gender analysis of the moral and financial economies of forced migration." Disasters 42, no. S1 (2018).
• Roxani Krystalli. “Deconstructing the 2012 Human Security Report: Examining narratives of wartime sexual violence,” International Journal 55 (4): 574-593.

• Mazurana, Dyan, Anton Baare and Roxanne Krystalli, 2018, “Gender, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration,” Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict, editors Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Dina Hayes, Naomi Cahn and Nalha Valji, Oxford University Press.

• Four lessons from synthesizing humanitarian evidence,” ALNAP.
• “The financial journeys of refugees: Charting a research agenda – Is corruption a relevant framework?” CDA Collaborative (with Kim Wilson).
• “Beyond 1325: Understanding gendered experiences of war,” with Brittany Card, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative ATHA portal.
• “Covering trauma while respecting the story,” Women Under Seige.
• “Consent as conversation: Lean Research in Vulnerable Settings,” with Kim Wilson, NextBillion.
• “Getting to yes in Colombia: What it would take to reintegrate the FARC,” The Conversation (with Kimberly Theidon).
• “Here’s how attention to gender affected Colombia’s peace process.” Washington Post (with Kimberly Theidon).
• “The Colombian peace agreement has a big emphasis on the lives of women. Here’s how,” Washington Post.
• “Why free love in the FARC isn’t so free,” Washington Post.
• “In search of human dignity in Greece,” Open Democracy.
• “The subjects of mass atrocities: Victims or survivors?” Reinventing Peace.

PhD Dissertation
  • "We are not good victims:" Hierarchies of Suffering and the Politics of Victimhood in Colombia

Research Interests
  • Colombia
  • Politics of victimhood during transitions from violence

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