photo: Aisling Swaine

Aisling Swaine

Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Suite 501K
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-8233

Areas of Expertise

Violence against women related to armed conflict, humanitarian and development settings; the Women, Peace and Security agenda; global gender equality policy; feminist legal theory; and international law and transitional justice.


Aisling Swaine is an Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, focusing on women, security and development.  She is a Visiting Fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster and was previously a Hauser Global Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at the School of Law, New York University.  

Dr. Swaine received her Ph.D. from the Transitional Justice Institute, School of Law at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and her B.A and MSc. in Humanitarian Assistance from University College Dublin. Dr. Swaine teaches and researches on issues of gender and armed conflict, the Women, Peace and Security agenda, global gender equality policy, violence against women related to armed conflict and gender and humanitarian action.

Previously, Dr. Swaine spent over seven years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict-affected and fragile states in Africa and South East Asia for international NGOs and the United Nations.  She has also worked since 2007 as an independent consultant and technical adviser to the United Nations, including UN Women, international donors and NGOs and continues to consult globally and engage in practice.  She is a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Fellow at the Human Rights Education Associates and is appointed as a Senior Gender Adviser on the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Humanitarian Action Gender Capacity Roster. 


Ph.D., University of Ulster

Classes Taught

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs: Global Gender Policy
IAFF 6180 Women, War, Peace
IAFF 3180 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies: Gender and Conflict
IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs: Women, Rights and Gender Equality