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Gwendolyn Whidden

Research and Programme Assistant

Gwendolyn is a DPhil in International Relations candidate at the University of Oxford, where she received an MPhil in International Relations in 2022. Her doctoral research examines why and when the UN Security Council adopts coercive policy instruments in response to mass atrocities. She is currently the Research and Programme Assistant for the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS), where she supports work on atrocity prevention strategy and policy. She also recently interned with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, where she conducted atrocity risk analysis on countries of concern for the Office.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Gwendolyn was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, where she served as a Business English instructor at the National School of Business and Management in Agadir. She was also a Davis Projects for Peace Fellow 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 with various nongovernmental and education organizations, and spent her junior year abroad studying Arabic in Rabat, Morocco and as a visiting student in PPE at Oxford.

Gwendolyn previously received a 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.