Noel Twagiramungu, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor


International Relations; Comparative Politics; African Politics

Research Interest

Genocide and ethnic violence; human rights; transitional justice; post-conflict reconstruction; economic development, foreign aid; NGOs.

Educational Background

Tufts University: Ph.D.
Utrecht University: LLM
National University of Rwanda: BA


Noel Twagiramungu, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Currently a Research Fellow at World Peace Foundation, he previously taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and Smith College, and was a fellow  scholar at Harvard University and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Masters of Law (LLM) from Utrecht University. 
He has taught courses in comparative politics, African politics, international law, political economy, human rights, genocide and other forms of political violence, and comparative research methods. His research focuses on the emerging field of Human Security whose scope cuts across several contending issues in world politics: Peace and conflict, human rights and state power, economic growth and poverty, technological development and environmental degradation, globalization and transnational barriers. 
Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Twagiramungu worked in complex security environments for more than a decade including five years as Executive Director for a regional human rights Advocacy Program in the Great Lakes of Africa, three years as a liaison officer between UN, Government and civil society in Rwanda, and two years as co-ordinator for a multi-donor-funded Center for Information and Documentation on Genocide Trials.

A self-proclaimed “World citizen,” fluent in English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda, Twagiramungu is a frequent commentator in the international media on social and political developments in Africa. He has also consulted to and advised numerous international organizations, governments, think-tanks and NGOs. He divides his free time between social life,  and “activism beyond borders,” and… poetry.