About

I received my PhD (in Political Science) from Aarhus University in 2014, under the guidance of Derek Beach and Svend-Erik Skaaning. My dissertation examined socioeconomic inequality and civil war. You can freely access the summary of my dissertation online. The core of my dissertation research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and Conflict Management and Peace Science (requires subscription).

Between October 2013 and June 2014, I was a member of the project “Democratic Deepening and Regression (DEDERE)” (PI: Svend-Erik Skaaning, Aarhus University). My research within DEDERE has been published in Comparative Political Studies (co-authored with Svend-Erik Skaaning and John Gerring). Another article co-authored with Svend-Erik Skaaning has been published in the Journal of Peace Research.

Between September 2014 and August 2015, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the project “Conflict, Strategies, and Violence: An Actor-based Approach to Violent and Non-Violent Interactions (CSV)” (PI: Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, University of Essex). We have co-authored a paper that has been published in the International Organization

From September 2015, I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. I completed an individual, three-year project  “Overconfidence and Civil Conflict,” funded  by the The Danish Council for Independent Research, and currently work on a five-year project “Conflict and Democratization” (CODE), funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

I had visiting positions at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (with Halvard Buhaug), Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford (with Dominic Johnson), and Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara (with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby).

My current research focuses on the psychology of human aggression and individual-level analysis of armed conflict.