I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and member of its Conflict Research Group (CRG). I am also member of the FBA Research Working Groups and of the Varieties of Peace Research Network. Furthermore, I am Associate Editor for the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and Co-Convener of the Gender and Politics Section of the Belgium Political Science Association.
Previously, I was Assistant Professor in Gender and Politics at the Université de Montréal (Canada), Marie Curie individual fellow at POLIS, University of Cambridge and Assistant Professor in International Affairs at Vesalius College, VUB, Brussels. I also blog for webs such as The Conversation or the Duck of Minerva.
My research focuses on gender politics, international security governance and the micro-dynamics of war-to-peace transitions (i.e. peacebuilding practices and transnational justice mechanisms) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Much of my work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy, and power through poststructural and postcolonial accounts and feminist and interpretive methodologies. My primary empirical research interests focus on the United Nations Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security agenda. I have written extensively on the advocacy around, and implementation of, the Women, Peace and Security agenda at global, national, and local levels in post-conflict contexts.
I hold a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and a PhD in Political Theory from LUISS Guido Carli of Rome (Italy). I also hold an MA in European Studies from the College of Europe and an MPP in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship.