Dr. Milli Lake is an Assistant Professor of International Security at the London School of Economics' Department of International Relations.
She completed her doctorate in Political Science at the University of Washington in 2014, and her expertise lies in political violence, state-building and the rule of law in fragile and conflict-affected states. Her work focuses on central, southern and east Africa. Recent projects include an examination of the relationships between post-conflict institution-building and local dynamics of peace and violence in DR Congo, and examinations of the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes in DR Congo, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.
Her book research on the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and her work is published in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Law and Society Review, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and the African Conflict and Peace-Building Review, among other outlets.
Dr. Lake has worked as an area specialist and a rule of law consultant with organizations including USAID, The World Bank, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, Berkeley School of Law and the International Law and Policy Institute. She regularly provides expert testimony in asylum cases and has written extensively on the ethics and practicalities of field research.