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Sociology Research


Dr Marissa Quie obtained her PhD from Christ's College, University of Cambridge. She was previously a Research Fellow at Queens' College Cambridge and Samuel Reichmann Fellow at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge.

Research Interests

Dr Quie’s main research interests focus on the problem of peace and on the connections between peace, gender and security and regional solutions to the problem of peace. Her research engages with the motifs of participation and protection that characterise debates about women and marginalised groups. She has done extensive consultancy work for the United Nations and for the Government of Afghanistan. She has acted as an Advisor to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme which was initiated in 2010. She has been a Mentor to Afghan students at both Cambridge and Oxford. She is currently engaged in research project analysing the appeal of Islamic State for British women.



SOC1: Introduction to Sociology: Modern Societies

SOC2: Social Theory

POL1: Analysis of Politics

POL3: Ethics and World Politics

POL9: Conceptual Issues in Politics

POL12: The Politics of the Middle East

POL16: Conflicts and Peace Building

Graduate supervision availability and interests:

Marissa is available to supervise PhD and MPhil students interested in peace studies, gender and the problem of peace, gender and global conflict.

Current Doctoral students:

Sarah Mole

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Quie, M. “Peace-Building and Democracy Promotion in Afghanistan: The Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program and Reconciliation with the Taliban,” in: Do All Good Things Go Together? Conflicting Objectives in Democracy Promotion, Democratization, (2012) 

Quie, M. “Postmodernist Theories and the Question of Time” in Baert, P. (ed) Time in Contemporary Intellectual Thought (2000)

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Quie, M. “Social Justice and Social Disruption: The Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program: A Responsible End to War?” Humanity and Society (Forthcoming, 2016) 

Quie, M. “Afghanistan as the Heart of Asia: The Istanbul Process and the Future of Regional Cooperation,” International Relations and Diplomacy (2013)

Quie, M. Lessons from 1989: The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan Europe - Asia Commemorative Journal (2010) 

Key Publications - Other

Quie, M. “Democracy Promotion and Peace-Building in Afghanistan: The Question of Reconciliation with the Taliban” (Standing Group on International Relations: September 2010) 

Job Title:
Research Associate, College Lecturer in Politics, Magdalene College