Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on political violence and international security, with interests in the dynamics of violence and non-violence in communal conflicts and civil wars; peacebuilding, civilian protection and social resilience; and gender and security. I have conducted extensive field research on these issues in Indonesia and Nigeria.
I am a member of the research group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance (TCCG) in the department of political science and an affiliate with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS). I am also an adjunct fellow with the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSD) in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.
My book, Resilient Communities: Civilian Mobilisation and (Non)-Violence in Communal War, will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. The book examines the emergence of large-scale communal violence from below in the cities of Ambon in eastern Indonesia and Jos in central Nigeria, and analyses how in some communities civilians mobilised for non-violence and prevented killings. My research has also been published in African Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Global Governance.
Previously, I have been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London (2013-2016) funded by a fellowship for early career researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation. I was also Lead Researcher and Co-Investigator of a research project on gender, conflict and peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2014-2016). I completed my PhD in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute in Geneva in 2013. I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in 2013 and a Pre-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV) at Yale University in 2011.
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