I am a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).  Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the  Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem). I have also been a research fellow associated with the project Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions (DEEPI) at the University of Oslo. I defended my Ph.D in Political Science in August 2017 at the University of Oslo.

My work is featured in journals such as Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution and Democratization. My work has also been featured in the Washington Post’s monkeycage column.

My research interests include:

  • The causes and consequences of mass protest against authoritarian regimes, including non-violent and violent resistance
  • Democratization, democratic consolidation and backsliding
  • The causes and dynamics of authoritarian regime breakdown and longevity
  • The role of education in democratization and political development
  • The link between education and political violence
  • The varied impacts of female empowerment on political violence

My Phd-dissertation studies the links between education, mass protests and the breakdown of authoritarian regimes.