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PhD Candidate | Political Science & Peace Studies

My name is Emily Maiden and I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science & Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. This is a unique dual-degree program that prepares me to be a fully-credentialed professor of both political science and peace studies. 

I am currently in the dissertation writing stage of my program. I have completed a full draft of my dissertation, with an anticipated defense in March 2019 and a graduation date of May 18, 2019. I spent academic year 2017-2018 in Malawi completing over 800 surveys, 175 interviews, and 20 focus groups with 200 participants for my dissertation. I examine the power of chiefs using the case study of child marriage reform in Malawi. This research was funded externally by Fulbright and USAID and internally by the Kroc Institute, Kellogg Institute, and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA). 

Outside of research and teaching, I have over six years of experience as a professional Grants & Fellowships Consultant, including two years spent working in this field full-time. I have worked with undergraduate and graduate students from a range of disciplines--biomedical engineering to social anthropology to medieval history--in their pursuit of prestigious national and international awards including: Fulbright, Boren, NSF-GRFP, Truman, Rhodes, CLS, U.S.-U.K. Summer Fulbright, Goldwater, and SSRC-IDRF (to name a few). I am always willing to offer editorial services to any interested students and/or faculty in their pursuit of winning prestigious awards.   

Holding onto my hat as the ferry flies out to Robben Island. Cape Town, South Africa (2015)

Holding onto my hat as the ferry flies out to Robben Island. Cape Town, South Africa (2015)

Research Interests

Comparative Politics: African politics, gender and politics

International Relations: international development, international security, climate change/environmental politics

Peace Studies: strategic peacebuilding, human security


Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that draws on political science, sociology, history, anthropology, theology, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to:

1. understand the causes of armed conflict;
2. develop ways to prevent and resolve war, genocide, terrorism, gross violations of human rights; and
3. build peaceful and just systems and societies.
— Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies