Welcome! I am Amelie.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Department of
Political Science at Trinity College Dublin.

I received a B.A. in Political Science and English Studies from the
University of Mannheim and a M.Sc. in International Politics from
Trinity College Dublin.

I specialize in conflict research and my research interests are
explaining sexual violence in armed conflicts and insurgent behaviour.
With my work I seek to explain and predict socialisation patterns by
insurgent groups in connection to conflict-related sexual violence.

I am working on my thesis: “Explaining variation in sexual violence in civil war: Understanding patterns of combatant socialisation”

Besides my work, I am passionate about books, pets, plants, and knitting.

  • Causes and consequences of armed violence
  • Conflict-related sexual violence
  • Socialization and armed group identity
  • Armed group ideology and institutions
  • Gender
  • Race and Identity
  • Quantitative methods
  • PhD in Political Science, 2024 (expected)

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • M.Sc. in International Politics, 2020

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • BA in Political Science and English Studies, 2017

    University of Mannheim, Germany


Working Papers

  • “No brothers in arms: The influence of non-violent socialisation on rebel fragmentation”
  • “Combatant Socialization and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Understanding the Effects of Rebels’ Individual-Level Traits (This paper will be presented at the Conflict Dynamics Workshop at Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and Empirical Peace and Conflict Research Workshop in September 2022)”
  • “Why insurgents rape: The influence of non-violent socialisation on conflict-related sexual violence”
  • “Resources and Rape: Patterns of wartime rape in activist insurgencies”

Work in Progress

  • “Sexual violence in armed conflicts: Patterns of wartime rape activist and opportunist insurgencies”
  • “Explaining insurgent violence against civilians: Insurgent capacity and leadership”


Teaching Assistant
Sep 2020 – Present Dublin, Ireland


  • POU11011 Introduction to Political Science (Undergraduate) (Fall 2020)
  • POU33152 German Politics (Undergraduate) (Spring 2021 & Spring 2022)
  • POU11021 Politics and Irish Society (Undergraduate) (Fall 2021)
  • PO2140 International Relations: Theories of International Politics (Prof. William Phelan)
Apr 2020 – Sep 2020 Konstanz, Germany


  • Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts – Patterns of wartime rape in civil wars (Undergraduate)
Teaching Assistant
Aug 2018 – Jun 2019 Dublin, Ireland


  • PO2140 International Relations: Theories of International Politics (Undergraduate)
  • PO2141 International Relations: Topics and Treaties (Undergraduate)