Mayesha Alam’s research interests intersect comparative politics and international relations specifically related to civil wars, peace processes, and transitional justice. As part of her doctoral studies, she is completing coursework on international law at Yale Law School. Mayesha’s first book, Women and Transitional Justice: Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 and she is co-editor of a forthcoming book on Gender, Women and Military Operations to be published by Georgetown University Press. She has authored numerous reports and Op-Eds on topics such as peacekeeping, climate change, security sector reform, violent extremism, and contested elections, and conducted research fieldwork in South Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North and East Africa.
Prior to Yale, Mayesha co-founded and served as the deputy director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, D.C. She has also worked on policy design, implementation, and evaluation with the United Nations, World Bank, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mayesha was awarded the Soros Fellowship for New Americans in 2017.