Yolande Bouka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Her research and teaching focus on African politics, security, and gender. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University.  She is also Co-Director of Studies of the Rift Valley Institute Great Lakes Region’s annual course. Prior to joining Queen’s University, 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.  She’s conducted fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Namibia. She has received several grants for her research, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fulbright Scholar Program and the American Association of University Women.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Bouka has extensive experience with development and security research agencies.  She has worked with and offered support to USAID, the United States Africa Command, 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 (ISS) in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research on peace and security Africa’s Great Lakes Region. She currently serves on the Research Advisory Council the RESOLVE Network, a global consortium of researchers, research organizations, policymakers and practitioners committed to empirically driven, locally-defined research on the drivers of violent extremism and sources of community resilience.

Dr. Bouka is keen to contribute to the expansion of WIIS-Canada’s reach and impact. She is particularly committed to the promotion of inclusive security through mentorship, education, and the consolidation of interdisciplinary connections.