Peer-reviewed journal articles

Sexual Violence, Gendered Protection and Support for Intervention (with Mattias Agerberg). 2022. Journal of Peace Research:

“This patriarchal, machista and unequal culture of ours”: Obstacles to confronting conflict-related sexual violence. 2022. Social Politics.

Political Agency, Victimhood, and Gender in Contexts of Armed Conflict: Moving beyond Dichotomies (with Philipp Schulz). 2022. International Studies Quarterly.

Self-Care for Gender-Based Violence Researchers – Moving Beyond Bubble-Baths and Chocolate Pralines (with Philipp Schulz, Sarah Martin and Heleen Touquet). 2022. Qualitative Research.

Do gender patterns in diplomacy disappear over time? (with Ann Towns and Birgitta Niklasson). 2022. European Journal of Politics and Gender.

Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (with Philipp Schulz). 2022. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies:

Field Research: A Graduate Student’s Guide (with Ezgi Irgil, Myunghee Lee, Charmaine N. Willis and Kelebogile Zvobgo). 2021. International Studies Review.

Researching Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: A Conversation between Early Career Researchers (with Philipp Schulz). 2021. International Feminist Journal of Politics. (Open Access)

Covid-19 and Gender: A Necessary Connection in Diplomatic Studies (with Ann Towns, Katarzyna Jezierska & Birgitta Niklasson). 2020. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 15:4, p. 636-647. (Open Access)

Civil Society Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Conflict: Patriarchy and War Strategy in Colombia. 2020. International Affairs 96:2, p. 457-478.

Gendered Conflict, Gendered Outcomes: The Politicization of Sexual Violence and Quota Adoption (with Mattias Agerberg). 2019. Journal of Conflict Resolution 64:2-3, p. 290-317.

Responding to Sexual Violence: Women’s Mobilization in War. 2019. Journal of Peace Research 56:2, p. 220-233. Editors’ pick November 2019
Traducción al español: La respuesta a la violencia sexual: movilización de las mujeres durante la guerra

Authoritarian Institutions and Women’s Rights (with Daniela Donno). 2019. Comparative Political Studies, 52:5, p. 720-753. Winner of the James Caporaso Best Paper Award for best paper published in Comparative Political Studies in 2019

The Gender Mainstreaming Gap: Security Council Resolution 1325 and UN Peacekeeping Mandates. 2017. International Peacekeeping, 24:1, p. 132-158.

Book chapters

Zvobgo, Kelebogile; Charmaine N. Willis; Myunghee Lee; Anne-Kathrin Kreft & Ezgi Irgil. 2022. Fieldwork. In APSA Guidebook: Strategies for Navigating Graduate School and Beyond, eds. Kevin G. Lorentz II, Dan Mallinson, Julia Marin Hellwege, Davin Phoenix, and J. Cherie Strachan, p. 129-134. Free PDF.

The Empowerment of Women in Diplomacy. With Ann Towns and Birgitta Niklasson. 2017. In Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe: Strategies, Challenges and Future Research, eds. Amy Alexander, Catherine Bolzendahl and Farida Jalalzai. Palgrave, p. 187-205.


Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Threat, Mobilization and Gender Norms (defended June 2019)

What are the implications of the politicization of conflict-related sexual violence for women’s agency in conflict settings? My main theoretical argument is that conflict-related sexual violence makes gender salient in both domestic and international arenas, as a result of which women’s agency may be amplified. First, I show that women mobilize in civil society in response to the collective threat that conflict-related sexual violence constitutes to them as women. Interviews with representatives of women’s organizations and victims’ associations in Colombia reveal that patriarchal structures and societally entrenched gender inequality are at the heart of mobilized women’s understanding of this violence. Second, I posit that conflict-related sexual violence is a very visible indicator of gendered conflict that elicits a push for a gender-sensitive response to armed conflict by international actors. An examination of United Nations peace operation mandates reveals that gender content, including a commitment to women’s participation, is higher when sexual violence is widespread in the respective conflict. Likewise, countries experiencing a conflict with prevalent sexual violence adopt legislative gender quotas sooner and at higher levels than other countries, responding to domestic and international pressures for a “gendered” response.

For the dissertation, I received the 2020 Christiane-Rajewsky-Prize for junior conflict researchers, awarded by the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies