Danielle Cyr

Program Associate, Institute for African Studies

Danielle Cyr is the Program Associate for the Institute for African Studies, where she supports engagement, programming and research. In 2015, Danielle graduated as a Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) Scholar with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Islamic Studies at Connecticut College. In 2016, she completed her M.Sc. in International Politics and Human Rights at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK, where she analyzed critical perspectives on human rights in the international community, including challenges to humanitarian intervention and UN peacekeeping missions. In her program, she presented a case study of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that critiqued the international community’s failed responses, as well as the subsequent adoption and challenges of the R2P doctrine. Her M.Sc. dissertation explored the persistence of patriarchy and rise of violence against women in Turkey.

Danielle previously interned with the NGO International Alliance for the Advancement of Children (IAAC) in Les Cayes, Haiti, where she taught English, music, dance, and art as a means to empower Haitian girls and women. Her core interest is advancing women’s equality and leadership opportunities in Africa.