I have recently concluded a project using life history interviews with veterans and ex-combatants from various countries (Colombia, Namibia and the USA). Part of this project focuses on the relationship between armed groups that turn into political parties and their individual members’ political mobilization. Another aspect of the project is focused on comparing post-demobilization experiences across the global South-North divide. This work has recently been published in a book (Living Politics after War). For more about the book, watch this video.

I have a strong methodological interest, and like exploring different forms of interviews, such as focus groups and life history interviews. Recently I published an article that discusses the advantages of drawing a life diagram during life history interviews.

I am also researching such issues as political knowledge using survey data, the African taxpayer and taxation practices, and the longterm conditions of peace. In particular I am currently exploring conceptualizations of relational peace. In the past I have worked on DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration) programs and how ex-combatants in Liberia participate in, and relate to, politics. Overall I am interested in questions in the intersection between democratization, peacebuilding and statebuilding.


2019 – present, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, Uppsala University

2017 – 2019, Researcher, Department of Government, Uppsala University

2017-2018 EURIAS junior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Amsterdam.

2017, docent in political science, Uppsala University

2017, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen

2013-2016, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders’ Fellowship postdoc, Uppsala University

2012, visiting postdoc at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, and CMI

2011, PhD in political science, Department of Government, Uppsala University

2005, MA political science and MA social science, Uppsala University

2004, BA political science, Uppsala University

2000, IB diploma, Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa

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Current projects

The Everyday Practice of Paying Taxes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Living Peace and Elite Legacy: Comparative Life Histories of Peacemakers 

The Politics of Resentment in Sweden and the United States: Emotion, Motivation and Identity

Ex-Combatants and Veterans Coming Home