Advancing Research on Conflict



Sarah E. Parkinson received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2013 and joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in 2016. Grounded by social network theory and ethnographic methodologies, her research examines organizational behavior and social change in war- and disaster-affected settings, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Lebanon and northern Iraq. Parkinson publishes on topics related to militant organizations’ decision-making and internal dynamics, forced migration, and research methods. Her work can be found in the American Political Science Review, the European Journal of International Relations, Perspectives on Politics, Social Science and Medicine, and Comparative Politics in addition to the Middle East Report and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

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Milli Lake is an Assistant Professor in the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics. Her research examines institutional reform, (in)security and political violence in fragile and conflict-affected states, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2014, and her research is published in International OrganizationLaw and Society ReviewInternational Studies Quarterly, and PS: Political Science & Politics, among other outlets. She regularly delivers trainings, develops research tools, and provides consulting in qualitative research methods for universities and organizations. She works closely with the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab on projects in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Kate Cronin-Furman is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in human rights at the Department of Political Science at University College London. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia in October 2015 and has held fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation. She also has a J.D. and practiced law in New York, Cambodia, and The Hague. Her research on human rights and mass atrocities has been published in International Studies QuarterlyPolitical Science & Politics, and the International Journal of Transitional Justice. She writes regularly for the mainstream media, with recent commentary pieces appearing in The Los Angeles Review of Books, SlateForeign PolicyThe Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, War on the Rocks, and Al Jazeera.