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Alexandra Phelan

PhD Candidate at School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Alexandra Phelan is a PhD Candidate at Monash University. Her PhD examines why the Colombian government shifted between counterinsurgency and negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia- People’s Army (the FARC-EP or FARC). She examines concomitant processes of insurgent legitimation and government delegitimation, analysing how this has impacted on government response towards FARC.

She is currently working on the Colombian case study for the ARC Project, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Mapping Gender Provisions in Peace Agreements”, looking at the 2016 Colombian Peace Agreement’s gender provisions, their ongoing implementation, and their impact on women’s political participation. Alex is also the Colombia and Mexico Contributor for the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Armed Conflict Database, responsible for timeline analysis and quarterly analysis of military, political and humanitarian trends.


  • –present
    Teaching Associate/PhD Candidate at School of Social Sciences, Monash University


    Monash University, PhD
  • 2010 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)