Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD (2015) and my HBA (2006) from the University of Toronto, and my MA (2008) from McGill University.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was Professor of Practice in Political Science and International Development at Tulane University (2016-2021). I was also the Simons Research Fellow in Dialogue on International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University (2014-2015) and a visiting fellow in international development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2013-2014).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My main streams of research deal with local perceptions of international criminal trials in post-conflict settings, and women’s participation in war crimes in the context of justice for atrocity. I ask questions such as: Who are the constituents of international criminal justice? How do we complexify the victim and perpetrator binary in the accountability project? I have conducted extensive fieldwork in East and Central Africa, and the Balkans.
Awards and Achievements
Faculty in Residence at Wall Residential College (2020-21)
Carol Lavin Bernick Grant (2016, 2019)
Newcomb Institute Grant (2016-2019)
Greenbaum Fellow (2016, 2017)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-18)
Simons Research Fellowship (2014-2015)
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of international criminal law; transitional justice; international development; peacebuilding; gender and war.
Steflja, Izabela and Jessica Trisko Darden (2020) Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, and Justice (Stanford University Press).
Trisko Darden, Jessica and Izabela Steflja (2020) “Women and War Crimes: Finding Accountability for Female Perpetrators,” in “Policy Roundtable: How Gender Affects Conflict and Security,” Texas National Security Review (online version: Oct 27, 2020).
Steflja, Izabela (2018) “Internationalised Justice and Democratisation: How International Tribunals Can Empower Non-Reformists,” Third World Quarterly 39(9):1675-1691.
Steflja, Izabela (2018) “The production of the war criminal cult: Radovan Karadžić and Vojislav Šešelj at The Hague.” NationalitiesPapers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity 46(1): 52-68.
Steflja, Izabela (2015) “To History or to Hollywood? Monuments to Foreign Celebrities in Twenty-First Century Balkans.” Europe-Asia Studies 67 (8): 1302-1327.
Steflja, Izabela and Jessica Trisko Darden (2013) “Making Civilian Casualties Count: Approaches to Documenting the Human Cost of War.” Human Rights Review 14(4): 347-366.
Steflja, Izabela (2010) “Identity crisis in post-conflict societies: the ICTY’s role in defensive nationalism among the Serbs.” Global Change, Peace & Security 22(2): 233-250.