Dr. Milli Lake is an Associate 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, institutional reform, and the rule of law, predominantly in violence and conflict-affected states.
She co-directs the Women's Rights After War project, a project that falls under LSE’s Gender Justice and Security HUB, and is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund. Using a variety of participatory research methods, the project evaluates the lived realities of post-war gender reforms efforts as they are experienced by women from different class, ethnic, racial, religious, or other backgrounds.
Dr. Lake also co-convenes the Advancing Research on Conflict consortium, which runs a summer field methods program for doctoral students preparing to embark on field research in volatile or conflict-affected research sites.
Her research in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Law and Society Review, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and the Gender & Society, among other outlets. Her 2018 book Strong NGOs and Weak States: Pursuing Gender Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa was published by Cambridge University Press.
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 in violence-affected settings.