Milli Lake

Milli Lake is an associate professor (beginning Fall 2020) in the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics. Her research examines institutional reform, (in)security and political violence in conflict-affected states. She is currently working on projects in Central African Republic, Chad, DR Congo, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Her first solo-authored book, Strong NGOs and Weak States (Cambridge University Press, 2018), examined the challenges and opportunities faced by activists and organizations pursuing gender justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. Her research is published in International Organization, Law and Society Review, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and Gender & Society, among other outlets. Prior to joining the London School of Economics, Lake was an assistant professor at Arizona University’s School of Politics and Global Studies. She codirects the Women’s Rights After War project with Marie Berry, and is the cofounder of the Advancing Research on Conflict (ARC) consortium. Lake regularly leads trainings and short courses on qualitative research and field methods. She completed her PhD in political science at the University of Washington in 2014. Follow her on Twitter @millilake.

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