Advancing Research on Conflict


Sarah E. Parkinson received her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 2013 and joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as the Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies 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 Iraq. Parkinson publishes on topics related to militant organizations’ decision-making and internal dynamics, forced migration, ethics, 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, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

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.

Kanisha Bond is an Assistant Professor of Government and Politics and Research Associate of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in political science from the Pennsylvania State University. Leveraging both quantitative and qualitative approaches, Dr. Bond's research focuses on mobilization and institution-building among radical socio-political groups in polarized societies. She is particularly interested in how race, class, ideology, and gender influence these processes. Bond has conducted large-scale quantitative research on women's participation in African militant organizations and extensive field research on inclusion, representation, and marginalization in North American radical movements. Her scholarship has been published in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, International Negotiation, British Journal of Political Science, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and Foreign Policy.

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 University 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.