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Dr Jelke Boesten's research focuses on violence against women and the ramifications for policy in Latin America. Her latest book, 'Sexual Violence During War and Peace: Gender, Power and Post-conflict Justice in Peru' received the Flora Tristan Best Book Award of the Latin America Studies Association-Peru section. In 2016 the book came out in Spanish translation with the Bibliotéca Nacional del Perú.

In 2010, she published 'Intersecting Inequalities. Women and Social Policy in Peru', with Penn State University Press, which came out in translation with the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima in 2018. She has published widely on gender justice in Peru in international journals and books, as well as on gender, HIV/AIDS and activism in East Africa. She is currently interested in transformative gender justice.

Before joining King’s, Jelke taught at the University of Leeds, held a Senior Research Fellowship at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, and held a research fellowship at the University of Bradford. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Amsterdam.


  • Debating, performing and curating symbolic reparations
  • Transformative gender justice

Jelke works on issues regarding transformative gender justice in post conflict societies – the idea that interventions to address gendered injustice, such as violence against women and girls, should aim to transform the social, political and economic relations that underpin the possibility of violence.

Currently, she is exploring how commemorative practices address gendered harms and unsettle - or confirm - stereotypes and gender roles in a range of post conflict countries.

She is the founder and convenor of the Gender Studies Network, and co-founder and convenor of the Visual and Embodied Methodologies (VEM) Network.


PhD supervision

Jelke is interested in supervising students focusing on the following research areas:

  • Gender and social policy
  • Gender based violence in war and/or the everyday
  • Intersecting inequalities
  • Gender and transformative justice
  • Social development and emancipatory processes

For a full list of current and existing PhD students supervised by Jelke, see here.

Further details

See Jelke's research profile