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Gwendolyn Whidden

Research and Policy Officer

Gwendolyn is a DPhil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she received an MPhil in International Relations in 2022. Her doctoral research examines under what conditions the UN Security Council intervenes in situations of mass atrocity. She is currently the Research and Policy Officer for the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS), where she supports work on atrocity prevention strategy and policy. She has also previously interned with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.

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.