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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy



Marie Berry


Dr. Marie Berry is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, where she is an affiliate of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. She is the Co-Director the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), an effort to catalyze research, education, and programming centered on the role that women and other underrepresented groups play in leading movements to advance peace and security across the world. Her first book, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Cambridge University Press), examines the impact of war and genocide on women's political mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia. She is currently involved in several collaborative research projects, including on women's contributions to innovations in peacebuilding in Nepal; the durability of hybrid regimes in Rwanda and South Africa; and, with the Rift Valley Institute, on the influence of women in Kenyan politics. Her work has been published in places like Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, New Political Economy, Mobilization, Politics & Gender, Foreign Policy, The Society Pages, and Political Violence @ A Glance. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA in June 2015.

Highlighted Works

Signs Mobilization New Political Economy  

When “Bright Futures” Fade: Paradoxes of Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda
Marie Berry
in Signs (2015)

From Violence to Mobilization: Women, War, and Threat in Rwanda
Marie Berry
in Mobilization (2015)

Understanding the Political Movements That Shape Rwanda's Emergent Developmental State
Laura Mann and Marie Berry
in  New Political Economy  (2015)


Books and Book projects

War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2018)

Journal Articles

"Barriers to Women's Progress After Atrocity: Evidence from Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina,"  Gender & Society 31:6 (November 2017).

"Gender Politics After War: Mobilizing Opportunity in Post-conflict Africa," Thematic Review, with Milli Lake, Arizona State University. Politics & Gender: 13:2 (2017).

"When 'Bright Futures' Fade: Paradoxes of Women's Empowerment in Rwanda," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 41:1 (Autumn 2015).
• Recipient, ASA Human Rights Section Graduate Paper Award

"From Violence to Mobilization: War, Women, and Threat in Rwanda," 
Mobilization: An International Journal 20:2 (June 2015).
• Co-recipient, 2011 Charles and Louise Tilly Award for Best Graduate Paper in Social
Science History

Understanding the Political Motivations that Shape Rwanda's Emergent Developmental State," with Laura Mann, New Political Economy (May 2015).

"Violence and the Transformation of Ethnicity in Rwanda," The Society Pages Special Feature (June 2014).

Commentary and Other Publications

"Kenyan Women Just Fought One of the Most Violent Campaigns in History," Foreign Policy (August 7, 2017).

"There Is No Hope to Get a Better Life': How Rwanda's Remarkable, Two-Decade March from Genocide has Left Women Behind," Foreign Policy (April 7, 2014).

"Environmental Inequality, Class, and Life Chances." Teaching: The Society Pages (September 19, 2013).

"War, Women, and Politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina," International Research and  Exchange Bureau, Scholar Research Brief (2013).

"The Ripple Effects of Incarceration," Teaching: The Society Pages (April 16, 2013).