Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at the University of Oslo. My primary research interests are armed conflict, gender-based violence, the interplay of political violence and civil society activism, and international responses to, as well as public opinion on, armed conflict. I have a mixed-methods research profile (quantitative, qualitative, survey experiments) and an interdisciplinary curiosity.
For my PhD dissertation “Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Threat, Mobilization and Gender Norms” (University of Gothenburg, 2019) I received the 2020 Christiane-Rajewsky-Prize for junior conflict researchers awarded by the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies. My work is published inter alia in the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly and International Peacekeeping.
An issue about which I care deeply is fieldwork preparedness, having carried out interviews with civil society actors, diplomats, international organization staff, bureaucrats and former armed actors in different parts of Colombia, and in New York, Oslo, Stockholm and Berlin. I have (co-)authored a field research guide for graduate students, reflections and advice on mental well-being during “difficult” research, and a conversation piece on the challenges of researching conflict-related sexual violence. You can also read a Times Higher Education piece about my experiences with researching conflict-related sexual violence.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, I completed short-term positions and internships at KfW Development Bank (Frankfurt), GIZ (Lusaka), the German Foreign Office (Berlin), the World Federation of United Nations Associations (New York), and worked in higher education consulting. I am a crime fiction and northern lights enthusiast and enjoy traveling and photography. Squirrels are the best.