Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Andrea Purdeková

Senior Lecturer in Conflict and Security with particular expertise in the politics of reconciliation, nation-building and governance in post-conflict contexts

Senior LecturerBA, MA, MSc, DPhil

1 West North 4.2A
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5235

Twitter (@AndreaPurdekova)


I joined PoLIS as Senior Lecturer in September 2017. Prior to working at the University of Bath, I held a Departmental Lectureship in African Politics at the University of Oxford (2013-2017) and a Junior Research Fellowship at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2015-2017). My first academic appointment was as Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2012-2013).

I hold a DPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford where my dissertation explored the Rwandan government’s attempts to build unity after the 1994 genocide. More broadly, my research explores the political dynamics of states emerging from mass violence, specifically the politics of reconciliation and nation building, the politics of memory, and the politics of displacement, settlement and camps. My regional focus is the Great Lakes Region of Africa and I have conducted most of my research in Rwanda and Burundi.

I am the author of Making Ubumwe: Power, State and Camps in Rwanda’s Unity-Building Project (Berghahn, 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2016 Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize awarded annually by the African Studies Association. My work has appeared in a wide range of peer reviewed journals including The Journal of Modern African Studies, African Studies Review, Development and Change, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Journal of Refugee Studies, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, as well as edited collections published by Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan.

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security
  • Violence & memory
  • Displacement



Purdekova, A., 2015. Making Ubumwe: Power, State and Camps in Rwanda's Unity-Building Project. Berghahn Books. (Studies in Forced Migration)


Purdekova, A., Reyntjens, F. and Wilen, N., 2017. Militarisation of Governance After Conflict:Beyond the Rebel-to-Ruler Frame – The Case of Rwanda. Third World Quarterly

Purdekova, A., 2017. Displacements of Memory: Struggles Against the Erosion and Dislocation of the Material Record of Violence in Burundi. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 11 (2), pp. 339-358.

Purdekova, A., 2017. Respacing for Peace? Resistance to Integration and the Ontopolitics of Rural Planning in Post-War Burundi. Development and Change, 48 (3), pp. 534-566.

Purdekova, A., 2017. "Barahunga Amahoro - They are Fleeing Peace!" The Politics of Re-displacement and Entrenchment in Post-War Burundi. Journal of Refugee Studies, 30 (1), pp. 1-26.

Purdekova, A., 2016. "Mundane Sights" of Power: A History of Social Monitoring and its Subversion in Rwanda. African Studies Review, 59 (2), pp. 59-86.

Purdekova, A., 2013. Rendering Rwanda Governable: Order, Containment and Cleansing in the Rationality of Post-Genocide Rule. L'Afrique des Grands Lacs: Annuaire, 2012-2013 (November 2013).

Purdekova, A., 2011. "Even if I am not here, there are so many eyes": surveillance and state reach in Rwanda. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 49 (3), pp. 473-497.

Purdekova, A., 2008. Building a Nation in Rwanda? De-ethnicisation and its Discontents. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 8 (3), pp. 502-523.


Purdekova, A., 2011. Rwanda’s Ingando Camps: Liminality and the Reproduction of Power.Vol. 80. Working Paper. Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. (Oxford Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series)

Purdekova, A., 2008. Repatriation and Reconciliation in Divided Societies: The Case of Rwanda’s Ingando. Working Paper. Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. (Oxford Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) working paper; 53)

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