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I am a research fellow at the Institute of African Affairs at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Previously, I held a postdoc position at University of Oxford. In October 2017, I obtained my PhD at University College London. I also worked as teaching and research fellow at the Chair for Political Science IV at the University of Mannheim, where I also my M.A. and B.A. degrees.
My research focuses on political violence, democratisation in conflict-affected countries and the disaggregated analysis of UN peacekeeping. My dissertation theoretically and empirically investigates why some elections after armed conflict promote violence and how UN peacekeeping missions can mitigate this risk. As part of this project, I talked to politicians, election campaign managers, police officers, foreign military officials and UN employees before the 2015 elections in Côte d’Ivoire to study the micro-level mechanisms linking peacekeeping and electoral security.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how to accurately measure what UN peace operation do on the ground. My paper on UN peacekeepers’ activities was awarded the 2016 Cedric Smith Prize (given every year by the Conflict Research Society) and the 2017 Dina Zinnes Award (given every year by the Scientific Study of International Processes Section of the International Studies Association). As recipient of the UCL Graduate Scholarship for Cross-Disciplinary Training, I developed a novel dataset on UN peacekeeping activities in Côte d’Ivoire using computer-assisted analysis. My first single-authored article on international election monitoring appeared 2016 in the Journal of Peace Research.