Gwendolyn Whidden

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Gwendolyn Whidden

Research Assistant

Gwendolyn is an MPhil candidate in International Relations at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. Her core research interests are international humanitarian law, the ethics of intervention, and genocide and atrocity prevention policy. Her MPhil thesis concerns variation in the invocation of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine in response to violations of human rights and IHL in the Middle East. At ELAC, Gwendolyn is a research assistant to Brianna Rosen, Policy Engagement Manager for Oxford’s Programme on International Peace and Security, where she supports work on preventing mass atrocities. 

Prior to coming to Oxford, Gwendolyn was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, where she served as a university English instructor at L’École Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Agadir. She was also a Davis Projects for Peace Grantee in Rwanda, where she implemented an education-based peacebuilding project at a youth village in Rwamagana. She has studied and worked in Rwanda over the course of three summers since 2015 and spent her junior year abroad studying in Rabat, Morocco and as a visiting student at Oxford. 

Gwendolyn received her BA in Politics summa cum laude and with departmental honors from Bates College, where she was a Charles A. Dana Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. She speaks fluent French and intermediate Arabic.