I am an Associate Professor (UD1) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, where I am a board member with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) and a faculty affiliate with the Amsterdam Centre for Conflict Studies (ACCS).
I research contemporary political violence, specifically focused on the gender dynamics of armed organizations and civil wars. My work explores the causes and effects of women's participation in armed groups, gender-based targeting during conflict, and rebel messaging and narrative-building around political violence. I am co-Principal Investigator for the Women's Activities in Armed Rebellion (WAAR) Project, a multi-methods research project comprising a qualitative handbook and cross-national dataset documenting women’s participation over 370 rebel organisations operating between 1946-2015.
Beginning in the Fall of 2023, I will be a residential fellow with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously I was a fellow at the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point.