Gender Pronouns: She/her/hers.
As the Education Specialist for Harvard University’s Graduate and Professional Schools, Maike designs and implements a variety education programs for the Graduate and Professional School population on campus.Rooted in OSAPR’s mission to eliminate harm and oppression in our community, Maike’s workshops engage community members from all walks of life into conversations about societal challenges in understanding, addressing, and dismantling harmful power dynamics that provide a fertile ground for all forms of violence to persist. She seeks to move the conversation beyond traditional violence prevention programming and encourages students, faculty, and staff to critically asses their choices and interactions in a social justice framework. It is her firm belief that everyone can – often unconsciously – cause harm to others and thereby reinforce oppressive structures, just as everyone can be part of the solution. Being aware of her own privileges, Maike is critical towards her own role in the anti-violence movement and the intellectualization of people’s lived experiences.
Maike overseas the Graduate Student Liaison Program. The program gives liaisons an opportunity to help shape OSAPR’s role at the 13 Graduate and Professional Schools. It also provides a platform for students to translate their social justice related research into skills that can be offered in workshops across Harvard University.
Previously, Maike worked as a human rights analyst and peace and conflict researcher at several think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe, Africa, and the United States. She has focused on the dynamics of gender-stereotyping in armed conflict, and the prosecution of sexual violence against men in armed conflict under international criminal law. Maike is an Associate Scholar at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University and has an ongoing interest in the development of international law, jurisprudence, and concepts of justice.