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Dr Devon E.A. Curtis

Dr Devon E.A. Curtis

Senior Lecturer

University Teaching Officer

Emmanuel College

Office hours: Thursdays 1.00-2.00pm


Devon Curtis is a University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. Her main research interests and publications deal with power-sharing and governance arrangements following conflict, UN peacebuilding, non-state armed movements in Africa, and critical perspectives on conflict, peacebuilding, and development. Her field research concentrates on the Great Lakes region of Africa, especially Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously, Devon worked for the Canadian government and the United Nations Staff College, and she has been a consultant for the UK Department for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, and a Visiting Senior Advisor to the International Peace Institute. She has had fellowships at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, and at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. 

Research Interests

Peace and security, power-sharing, international intervention, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, transitional governance, post-conflict ‘reconstruction’ and development, humanitarianism, rebel movements in Africa, the United Nations, the African Union, contemporary politics in the Great Lakes region of Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo).


Teaching (course organiser)

Conflict and Peacebuilding (Pol. 7: undergraduate)

Politics of Africa (MPhil)

Post-Graduate Supervision Interests

Dr Curtis offers research supervision on a variety of topics in African politics and international relations. She is particularly interested in research projects that focus on peacebuilding, humanitarianism, rebel movements and non-state actors, and the politics of north-south and south-south engagement.

Key Publications


Recent Articles

Recent Book chapters and reports

  • (2013) 'Post-conflict peacebuilding', in Nic Cheeseman, David Anderson and Andrea Scheibler (eds), Routledge Handbook of African Politics, London: Routledge.
  • (2013) ‘Burundi: Recent History’, in Africa: South of the Sahara 2014, Europa Publications, Routledge.   
  • (2013) 'The United Nations' (with Paul Taylor), in John Baylis, Steve Smith, Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, (Oxford University Press). Also previous editions in 2010, 2007 and 2004.
  • (2010) ‘Complementary Approaches to Peacekeeping? The African Union and United Nations in Burundi’, in H Besada (ed), Crafting an African Security Architecture, Ashgate (with G Nibigirwe)
  • (2009) Rebel Movements and Political Party Development in Post-Conflict Societies, Working Paper for the Program on States and Security, 2009 (with Jeroen de Zeeuw)