I am a Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Associate Editor of Journal of Peace Research.
My PhD is in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) from March 2010. My primary research interest is political violence, the effects of identity politics in general and religion in particular. I also study organizational and ideological characteristics of rebel movements and how these matter for violence, conflict escalation, and settlement; sexual violence; cultural demography, sub-national variation in violence, inequality, child soldiering, and security implications of climate change.
My work to date has been published or is forthcoming in, i.a. American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, International Studies Perspectives, and Political Geography. I am a recipient of an MA student fellowship from PRIO (2003/2004), PhD funding from the Centre for the Study of Civil war (CSCW) (2005-2009), a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School (2008-2010), and a visiting scholar fellowship at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame (2010-11).