Yolande Bouka is (Ph.D. American University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. She has worked with and offered support to USAID, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations, the African Union, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace. Her research and teaching focus on gender, African politics and security, political violence, and field research ethics in conflict-affected societies. Her current research is a multi-sited historical and political analysis of female combatants in Southern Africa. Her previous research which is now a book manuscript In the Shadow of Prison: Power, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda (American University, 2013) focused on the social and political impacts of the power-laden nature of the Rwandan transitional justice program. She has published in academic journals Politics and Gender, Journal of East African Studies, Oral History Forum.
- Gender and Security
- African Politics and Security
- Political Violence
- Yolande Bouka, “(Oral) History of Violence: Conflicting Narratives in Post-Genocide Rwanda,” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 33 (2013)
- Yolande Bouka, “Nacibazo, ‘No Problem’: Moving Behind the Official Discourse of Post-Genocide Justice in Rwanda,” In Emotional and Ethical Challenges for Field Research in Africa (London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
- Yolande Bouka, “Burundi: Between War and Negative Peace,” In War and Peace in Africa’s Great Lakes Region (Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
- Yolande Bouka, “Women, Colonial Resistance, and Decolonization,” In The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies (Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
- Yolande Bouka, Marie E. Berry, & Marilyn Muthoni Kamuru, “Women’s Political Inclusion in Kenya’s Devolved Political System,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 13:2 (2017): 313-333.