Yolande Bouka

Assistant Professor Political Studies

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Burundi, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda
Based in Toronto, Ontario


Current Occupation: Assistant Professor Political Studies
Organization/Institution: Queen's University
Language: English

Yolande Bouka (@yolandebouka) is an assistant professor of gender and politics and international relations in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston. Her research and teaching focus on gender, African politics and security. She is a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity  and a member of the board of Women in International Security (Canada). She has conducted fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Namibia.

Her previous research is  a book manuscript titled “In the Shadow of Prison: Power, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda.” Previously she was a visiting assistant professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver.

Yolande also has extensive experience with development and peace and security research agencies, including 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. Between 2014 and 2016 she was a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division, focusing on Africa’s Great Lakes Region.

Yolande holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University.