Susan M. Thomson

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies


Colgate University


Mailing Address

13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY, 13346

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 315-228-6068 or 413-345-1572 (cell)


Countries of Specialization



PhD in Political Science (Dalhousie University). LLB in human rights law (University College of London)

Research Interests

State-society relations in post-conflict societies, in particular power
relations between the state and individual citizens; individuals?
strategies of resistance to government policies in Africa, with emphasis
on Rwanda ; state transitions from war to peace ; democratisation,
international democracy promotion and post-conflict reconstruction ;
interpretative, ethnographic and life history research methods.

Teaching Interests

war in lived experience, gender in peace and conflict, international human rights law and advocacy, feminist security studies,


"Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda" (Wisconsin UP, 2013)

Numerous journal articles and book chapters, including the "Rwanda" chapter for the African Yearbook,

Numerous opinion and policy pieces, most recently "Rwanda'Twittergate: The Disinformation Campaign of Africa's Digital President": (March 2014)

and "Rwanda: Don't Let the Good Trump the Bad" (December 2013)


Rwanda ; peasantry ; conflict ; reconstruction ; reconciliation; ethnographic ; power relations