SSRC Staff

Tatiana Carayannis

Deputy Director,
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)


Tatiana Carayannis is deputy director of the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and leads the forum’s Africa programs, the SSRC China-Africa Knowledge Project, and the Justice and Security Research Programme, an international research consortium with the SSRC, LSE, Tufts, and Ghent University. She currently also convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts. A specialist on the Central Africa region and UN peace operations, she is frequently consulted by media, civil society, governments, and the UN. Her current research focuses on public authority in Central Africa and access to justice. Carayannis has published widely on protest, political mobilization, and rebel governance; UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Africa and in Congo in particular; mass atrocities and the ICC; and the agenda-setting role of UN ideas. Before joining the SSRC, she directed a major international program on the intellectual history of the United Nations at CUNY’s Ralph Bunche Institute for International Affairs. That project produced nearly 80 oral history interviews and 17 books. In 1998, she served as rapporteur for the UN Secretary-General’s Resource Group on the DRC during the second Congo War, and before that was based at the Carnegie Corporation of NY and at the Institute for International Education. She has taught in the Political Science Departments at John Jay College, Lehman College, and Adelphi University. Her first book, UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice, was published by Indiana University Press (2005). Her second book, Making Sense of the Central African Republic, will be published by Zed Books in July 2015. She is currently completing her third book, Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC, 1960–1964 (Lynne Rienner Press, forthcoming 2016). She holds an MA from New York University and an MPhil from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she is also a PhD candidate. Carayannis is fluent in French and Greek, and proficient in Lingala. She grew up in Central and West Africa, and travels frequently to the region. For the past ten years, she has been the treasurer and an active volunteer at the NYC Downtown Boathouse, the world's largest free kayaking program, which promotes free public access to the New York waterfront.