Roxani Christina Krystalli

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Dr Roxani Krystalli's research and teaching focus on feminist peace and conflict studies, as well as on the politics of nature and place. A central question animating Roxani's work within and beyond the academy is how people imagine and enact lives in the wake of loss. 

Roxani is currently the co-Principal Investigator of a research project on the role of love and care in remaking worlds in the wake of violence. The project is carried out collaboratively with Dr Philipp Schulz at the University of Bremen, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Roxani's first book, Good Victims: The Political as a Feminist Question (Oxford University Press, 2024), is based on in-depth engagement in Colombia over the course of a decade. In it, Roxani argues for the possibilities of politics through, rather than in opposition to, the status of "victim." Encompassing acts of care, agency, and haunting, the politics of victimhood entangle people who identify as victims, researchers, and transitional justice professionals. Roxani shows how victimhood becomes a pillar of reimagining the state in the wake of war, and of bringing a vision of that state into being through bureaucratic encounters. Good Victims also sheds light on the ethical and methodological dilemmas that arise when contemplating the legacies of transitional justice mechanisms. Roxani's research on the politics and hierarchies of victimhood in Colombia received the Peter Ackerman Award for best PhD dissertation at The Fletcher School in 2020. In the same year, her article on the ethics and methods of narrating victimhood was the runner-up for the Cynthia Enloe prize at the International Feminist Journal of Politics. 

An enthusiastic teacher who embraces feminist pedagogies, Roxani has won and been shortlisted for several awards, nominated by her students, colleagues, and supervisors. In 2023, the British International Studies Association awarded Roxani the Early Career Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize. Her class on the Politics of Nature and Place received the Golden Dandelion award, "in recognition of considerable contribution to education for sustainable development." Through her teaching, Roxai is committed to fostering a critical curiosity about power, an experiential education grounded in place, and an imagination of more just worlds.

Roxani's research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships from the AHRC-DFG, the United States Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Social Science Research Council, the Henry J. Leir Institute, and the World Peace Foundation. Her blog received the Best Blog award at the International Studies Association in 2019.

For over a decade, Roxani has worked at the intersection of gender and peace-building as an academic researcher and humanitarian practitioner. Roxani has partnered with several international and community-based organizations, including Oxfam GB, Mercy Corps, the Feinstein International Center, various UN agencies, Beyond Borders, and more, to understand the experiences of conflict-affected communities. Her work has particularly focused on developing ethical and rigorous methodologies for documenting gendered harms. Roxani regularly advises international organizations and NGOs on various aspects of gender, justice, and peace-building.

Roxani holds a PhD and MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a BA from Harvard University. She was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Research overview

Dr Krystalli's research, teaching, and supervision interests include: 

  • the politics and hierarchies of victimhood
  • feminist analyses of peace processes
  • critical approaches to transitional justice and humanitarianism
  • ethics and methods of researching political violence
  • the politics of nature and place
  • narrative and storytelling in the study of politics
  • care, beauty, and joy in the shadow of war and peace

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University

Master of Arts, Tufts University

Doctor of Philosophy, Tufts University

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