Roxanne Krystalli, Greece

On the Fletcher Faculty: It is very difficult to pick just one favorite class or learning opportunity at Fletcher! The "Gender, Culture, and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies" course, co-taught by Professors Dyan Mazurana and Liz Stites, exposed me to a mode of thinking about violence that has shaped both the questions I ask in my research and the literature on which I draw to answer them. Professor Glennon's courses have been instrumental in teaching me to think critically about international law. Outside the classroom, serving as a Research Assistant at the World Peace Foundation for Professors Alex de Waal and Bridget Conley-Zilkic was an incredible opportunity to be exposed to the dilemmas, methodologies, and theories on conducting research on mass atrocities. The faculty at Fletcher are not only subject-matter experts in their fields, but also willing to guide students through the questions they need to ask themselves as they approach their own research and careers.

Organizing Around Issues You Care About: One of the most positive surprises at Fletcher has been the receptiveness of the institution to change, and the way in which students will organize to advocate for issues related to their learning. During my first year at Fletcher, we noticed an interest in gender issues, formed a student-run initiative, conducted research on Fletcher students' needs and attitudes towards gender-related courses and professional training, and amassed data on Fletcher's existing offerings and opportunities for growth. Through ongoing conversations with the administration, in the time I have been here I have observed the course offerings on gender increase as well as noted the mainstreaming of gender issues into syllabi for courses that are not explicitly about gender. There is growing momentum around the potential for a Gender in International Studies field of study and guest speakers or events are frequently dedicated to gender issues or to representing a gender perspective. Being part of an institution at which students and the administration are constantly thinking about how to offer an inclusive, up-to-date education on international issues is humbling and inspiring.

Favorite movie:

The Before Sunrise trilogy

Favorite food:

Roasted feta in tin foil

Favorite landmark:

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland

Most rewarding trip:

Conducting fieldwork on enforced disappearance in Colombia

Favorite lecture attended:

Michael Wessells on the ethics of research in violent settings

Fields of Study

International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Gender in International Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Gender Initiative

Former: World Peace Foundation Research Assistant, Feinstein International Center Research Assistant, Global Women, Fletcher Storytelling Forum

Education before Fletcher

BA, History and Literature - Harvard University

Experience before Fletcher

Program Manager - Feinstein International Center, Somerville, MA, USA

Steering Team - Lean Research Initiative, Cambridge, MA, USA

Researcher and Consultant on Gender and Violence - United Nations and affiliated community-based groups, Egypt, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, among others