Focusing on political violence, my research explores how states respond to opposition within their borders, the dynamics of violence in self-determination struggles, post-war state-building and wartime legacies, and geopolitical orientations in Russia’s near abroad. I draw on both quantitative and qualitative methods, including surveys and fieldwork in Northern Ireland, India, Guatemala, and post-Soviet states and de facto states. I am the author of Decentralization and Intrastate Struggles and numerous academic journal articles, as well as articles for a general audience.
I came to the Department of Political Science at UCL in 2009, where I co-founded the Conflict & Change research cluster. I am a core faculty member in the European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) program. Prior to joining UCL, I was Assistant Professor at Leiden University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard.
Originally from Norway, I studied political science at Østfold College, in my hometown Halden, and theater at the University of Oslo before moving abroad. I hold a BA (2000) in journalism and political science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a PhD (2007) in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle.