I am Assistant Professor (with tenure) in Security and Conflict in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on civilian agency and civilian protection in communal conflicts and civil wars; local peacebuilding and social resilience; and the gender dimensions of peacebuilding. I have conducted extensive field research on these issues in Indonesia and Nigeria, and more recently in Kenya, South Sudan, and Myanmar.
In 2019/2020, I will be a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), based in Amsterdam.
I have recently been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for my project ‘ResilienceBuilding: Social Resilience, Gendered Dynamics, and Local Peace in Protracted Conflicts’ (2020-2025).
My first book, RESILIENT COMMUNITIES: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge University Press 2018), focuses on civilian agency and mobilization ‘from below’ and explains violence and non-violence in communal wars in Indonesia and Nigeria. It won the 2019 Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence by the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods (IMM) Conference Group of the American Political Science Association, and was runner-up for the 2019 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Award.
My most recent article, Gender Dimensions of (Non)Violence in Communal Conflict: The Case of Jos, Nigeria, published in Comparative Political Studies, shows how gender relations and distinct notions of masculinity can facilitate or constrain mobilization for fighting. I also show how former ‘perpetrators’ turned into ‘peacemakers’ and supported the prevention of renewed clashes in Jos. My recent co-authored article, Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and the Durability of Peace, published in International Interactions, finds that women’s participation in peace negotiations with voice and influence leads to better peace accord content, higher implementation rates, and longer lasting peace.
My work has been published in African Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, Ethnopolitics, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Interactions, and Global Governance. My research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the International Development Research Center.
Previously, I was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDRG) 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 2013 and was then Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). In 2011, I was a Pre-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV) at Yale University.
You can contact me at: j.krause(at)uva.nl