She is currently based at Feinstein International Center, where she is the Program Manager of the Humanitarian Evidence Program, an initiative to synthesize evidence-based research in the humanitarian sector and communicate the findings to decision-makers, with the ultimate goal of improving humanitarian policy and practice. Prior to this position, she has served as a researcher, advisor and consultant on issues related to gender and conflict for various UN agencies, international organizations, and community-based groups. This has involved working with ex-combatants, victims and survivors of violence, and fellow researchers and humanitarian practitioners in Egypt, Pakistan, Colombia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Uganda, Sudan, Guatemala, Mexico, and other areas. Roxanne graduated from Harvard University and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Roxanne has written and spoken on the issues of gender, conflict, storytelling, and research on questions of violence in various venues and portals. In addition to her research and work interests, she is thinking about the questions of home and away, memory and loss, and the joys and pitfalls of a life lived perpetually in transition.
Narratives and memory in the aftermath of violence, patterns of violence in mass atrocities, and gender and power analyses of the above are key themes permeating Roxanne’s current work. At the core of her research is an attempt to understand the experience of victimhood in the context of armed conflict: how victims of conflict cope and seek to recover in the aftermath of violence, and how our victim response mechanisms, from reparations to memory initiatives, can take these experiences into account.
Roxanne has been recognized as a P.E.O. International Peace Scholar, a recipient of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University, an Ogunte Featured Female Social Innovator, and a TEDx speaker. Stories of Conflict and Love was named one of the 18 best blogs and websites of 2013.
Specifically, she is curious about the (gendered) politics of victimhood and the ways in which different groups of victims organize, tell their stories, and advocate for their rights in the aftermath of armed conflict. Roxanne is also curious about what it means to be a researcher and humanitarian practitioner who focuses on questions of violence and, therefore, how to ask these questions respectfully, ethically, and mindful of my responsibility to victims and survivors of violence. Dilemmas of ethical research, agency, voice, and storytelling underpin all these pursuits.
Roxanne was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, and she has yet to meet a panda bear she hasn’t loved.