My research focuses primarily on political violence, sexual and gender-based violence, civil society activism, and social transformations in war. This includes also the content, implementation of, and contestations within UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) framework. In addition, I have an interest in women’s rights, international responses to armed conflict, and in conflict dynamics more broadly.

My research combines cross-national statistical analysis, qualitative fieldwork and analysis, and survey experiments.

I am an alumna of the Norwegian Research School on Peace and Conflict.

Postdoc Project

Women’s Activism under Attack: Backlash against Civil Society in Conflict-Affected Settings

This project seeks to improve our understanding of gendered backlash against civil society activism in post-conflict settings, with a focus on women activists. Women’s activism can be crucial to ending violence and constructing an inclusive peace built on greater gender equality. Unfortunately, it is often confronted with violent and non-violent backlash, such as threats and physical violence. Despite its significance, this backlash remains heavily understudied, and we know little about where, how, why and in what forms it occurs. The project combines an examination of global developments with an in-depth analysis of the Colombian case to (1) achieve conceptual and theoretical clarity about the scope, manifestations and the gendered nature of such backlash and (2) systematically examine its patterns and drivers. With a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, the project aims to identify how backlash relates to gender-based conflict violence, societal violence, and transnationally salient trends of autocratization, right-wing populism and anti-feminist mobilization.

Work in Progress

Sexual Violence as a (Gendered) Driver of Public Support for Intervention in Armed Conflict (with Mattias Agerberg)

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

Challenges in Confronting Sexual Violence in Colombia

Is Free Trade Good for Women? How Trade Agreements Affect Women’s Rights (with Evgeny Postnikov)

Covid-19 and Gender: A Necessary Connection in Diplomatic Studies (Forthcoming; with Ann Towns, Katarzyna Jezierska & Birgitta Niklasson)

A Comparative Study of Female and Male Ambassadors’ Appointments (with Ann Towns and Birgitta Niklasson)

“Sexual Violence” and “Responses and Reactions to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (book chapters in edited volume on gendered political violence, with Robert Nagel)