Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on 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, and more recently in Kenya, South Sudan, and Myanmar.
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: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency 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 civilians in some mixed communities mobilised for non-violence and prevented killings. My work has also been published in African Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Global Governance. My research has received funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, The German Academic Exchange Service, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the International Development Research Center.
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 Pre-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV) at Yale University in 2011.
I have previously worked as a consultant for the Small Arms Survey in Geneva; as a research and project assistant for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute and an Evaluation of the German Civil Peace Service; and as a research assistant for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.
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