Welcome! I am Gladys Zubiria, a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Rice University, majoring in International Relations. I hold a master's degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Essex and in Political Science from Rice University. I am originally from Colombia, and I am a Fulbright-Minciencias 2019 grantee. My research focuses on peace and conflict studies, with an emphasis on understanding post-conflict outcomes and peace sustainability. I have co-authored work on the use of violence in the Colombian Conflict, as well as on ex-combatants' perceptions of reintegration processes after the peace agreement with FARC.
In my dissertation, I study the role of third parties in contributing to durable peace in post-conflict settings by fostering the belligerent parties' political and social reintegration processes. I study the effect of the use of sanctions and international negotiation on post-conflict outcomes and I explore the role of women in conflict resolution efforts.
I am passionate about teaching. Before coming to Rice, I worked as an instructor at Universidad del Norte in Colombia, where I taught courses on negotiation and conflict resolution, the Colombian Conflict, and a seminar on Conflict and Peace. At Rice, I have been a teaching assistant in Introduction to International Relations and a course on the War in Ukraine. I am excited to teach a course on Civil Wars as a solo instructor in Fall 2023.