Phoebe Donnelly

Dr. Phoebe Donnelly

Visiting Fellow at Feinstein International Center at Tufts University
Non-resident Research Fellow at the International Peace Institute
WAPPP Fellow
Phoebe Donnelly


Phoebe Donnelly is a Visiting Fellow at Feinstein International Center at Tufts University and was the Stanley Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellow at Williams College from 2018-2020. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Phoebe won the Peter Ackerman Award for the outstanding doctoral dissertation at The Fletcher School in 2019. In her dissertation, Phoebe creates a theory of forced marriage based on original fieldwork on two rebel groups: al-Shabaab (in Somalia and Kenya) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (in Uganda). Phoebe has co-led research grants from the Government of Norway on the sexual assault of aid workers and from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on gender and violent extremism.

Phoebe’s research has been featured in several media outlets including BBC Radio, CNN, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Her writing has also been published by Global Society and Small Wars and Insurgencies. Before starting her Ph.D. program, Phoebe was the Associate Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at UMass-Boston. She also has policy experience through her work as a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Richard Blumenthal and as an intern for the State Department at the U.S. Mission to the UN. Phoebe earned a Master of Arts in Law in Diplomacy from The Fletcher School in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.


Research Topic

International Relations, dynamics of internal conflict and rebel groups.


Policy Topic