Provisional Sinn Fein, 1985, Falls Rd. Belfast. © Peter Moloney

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I received my Ph.D and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington. I completed my B.A. in Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The College of Wooster.


I specialize in the study of political violence. I am specifically interested the relationships between violent actors' gender dynamics and legitimacy, public engagement, and accountability for human rights violations. I interrogate how women’s involvement - as participants or civilians - affects rebel and state behavior, reputation, and outcomes. I am relatedly interested in militant visuals: my current projects in this vein include analyses of cross-national visual propaganda, women in rebel posters, and gender in militia and right-wing iconography. My book project, Rebel Women: Violence and Legitimacy in Civil War, leverages original data on women's participation in front-line and auxiliary roles in 150 rebel organizations, a novel database of over 2800 militant-produced images, and analyses of conflict-related prosecutions and truth and reconciliation commission reports to explore how women's involvement in rebellion shapes perceptions of violence and conflict outcomes.

My research is published in International Studies QuarterlySecurity Studies, European Journal of International Security,  and Security Dialogue, as well as in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, Political Violence @ A Glance, and other outlets.