Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant
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My first name is pronounced Dah-En. I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies. I have previously received an MSc in Comparative Politics and a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining Warwick, I worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Policy Centre and an international parliamentary advocacy network. I also have years of teaching experience.
The working title of my doctoral thesis is The Legitimacy Gap and Regional Arrangements in UN Peacekeeping Operations. My research aims to understand how the institutional peacekeeping partnership between the UN and a regional organisation operates as a legitimation strategy. Based on this objective, I will examine the case of partnership between the UN and the African Union (AU) in peacekeeping operations (PKOs) in Sudan and South Sudan. In doing so, I ask the following two research questions: 1) How does the UN seek to legitimate PKOs through its partnership with the AU?; and 2) To what extent do these legitimation strategies get recognised and validated by PKOs’ local audience?
More broadly, areas of my research interest include:
- UN peacekeeping/peacebuilding
- Legitimacy and legitimation
- Global-regional partnership
- Civil conflict resolution
- Conflict and peace in Africa
In 2021/22 academic year, I taught seminars for PO131: World Politics.
In 2022/23 academic year, I am teaching seminars for PO131: World Politics and PO134: Justice, Democracy, and Citizenship (TBC).
- Legitimacy in Practice (co-presented with Evelyn Strongylakou), PAIS Research Conference, University of Warwick, June 2022
- Co-Chair of the 2022-23 Critical International and Political Studies (CRIPS) graduate working group
- Co-Representative of PAIS Graduate Teaching Assistants
- Research Assistant for the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) (July 2022)