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Cecilia Idika-Kalu, Ph.D. Candidate

cecilia_idikakalu@student.uml.edu

University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Country: United States (Massachusetts)

About Me:


I am curious, passionate and a self-motivated researcher with strong interest in a range of policy and scholarly issues, from the interface of governance and security, to development in local and global affairs broadly defined. With a first degree from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria and a Masters degree from Pittsburg State University in the United States, I am currently pursuing advanced research at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell towards a doctoral degree in Global Studies.

Research Interests

Political Violence

Gender and Politics

International Law & Organization

African Politics

Development

Terrorism

My Research:

My current research is on comparative gender dimensions of religious radicalisation and nationalism in an age of the increased "weaponization" of women in various conflicts globally. It is a multidisciplinary work that has allowed me to engage with perspectives and debate from Peace & Conflict Studies, Terrorism, Gender Studies, International Relations, Sociology, and Development Studies. Furthermore, the study has entailed an investment in quantitative and qualitative research skills.