About

I received my PhD in Political Science from Aarhus University in January 2014. My dissertation analysed economic inequality and civil conflict. You can freely access the summary of my dissertation here. The core of my dissertation research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Subsequently, I joined the project “Democratic Deepening and Regression (DEDERE)” (PI: Svend-Erik Skaaning, Aarhus University) as a postdoctoral scholar. 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.

In turn, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with an ERC-funded 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

After Essex, I joined the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, as assistant professor. 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. With Florian van Leeuwen and Michael Bang Petersen we have co-authored a paper that has been published in Psychological Science.

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

In 2021, I am joining PRIO to start a five-year project “Adapted to War (AWAR)” funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant).