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First Name
Carol Jean
Last Name
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cambridge University
DDR; peacebuilding; postcolonialism; feminism; ethnography
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About Me

Broadly speaking, I am interested in how power and culture shapes our knowledge of the world and then what it looks like when powerful actors try to export their knowledge to other places; particularly when the purpose of doing so is ostensibly altruistic. I therefore find it difficult to write about “development” without constantly using scare quotes. In particular, for my dissertation, I am writing about disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how the World Bank’s ontological foundations shaped its own agenda for action in terms of its DDR program there. While most Congolese partners acknowledged the Bank’s DDR program was important and that they needed the help of the international community to implement it, they were, at the same time, constrained in their ability to bring their own (contextual and experience-near) knowledge and expertise to the process.

I also have passionate extra-curricular research interests in intersectional feminism, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, and social justice issues.

Recent Publications

With Josaphat Musamba Bussy, “The Great Lakes Region of Africa: Local Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding From the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” in Dimensions of Peace: Disciplinary and Regional Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan), ed. Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda, and Jasmin Ramovic, forthcoming.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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