Zoe Marks is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research and teaching focus on peace and conflict; gender and intersectional inequality; and African politics.
She is currently working on two book projects. The first builds on research in Sierra Leone and explores how and why unpopular rebel groups survive to fight decade-long civil wars. And the second, under contract with Princeton University Press, measures the impact of women’s participation in revolutionary movements worldwide to reveal their pivotal role in democratization trends.
Among other active projects, Dr. Marks is actively examining how wartime experiences shape individual wellbeing and community reintegration after war. Using surveys and social network analysis in Northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the project compares protracted conflict settings to explain how mobilization for violence affects prospects for intergroup reconciliation and peacebuilding.
Dr. Marks holds a DPhil in Politics and MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Government and African American Studies from Georgetown University. She has previously worked for UN and non-governmental organizations in Ethiopia, France, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the UK, and the US.
To read more about Zoe Marks, kindly visit: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/zoe-marks
- Armed conflict (causes, dynamics, prevention)
- Armed groups
- DDR planning
- Demobilization and reinsertion
- Prevention of (re-)recruitment/recidivism
- Regional and subregional actors in DDR
- Rule of law, transitional justice and DDR
- Security sector reform and DDR
- Terrorism, violent extremism and DDR
- The United Nations and DDR
- Women, gender and DDR