I study international courts and lawyers, with a primary focus on how ideas about sexual violence, sexuality, and gender are produced and contested in international criminal law spaces. My work builds upon poststructural, feminist, and queer IR theory to trace how prosecutors, diplomats, judges, and NGOs interpret claims of conflict-related sexual violence. I am also interested in broader questions of international law, drawing from critical legal theory to examine how the colonial and gendered logics of law influence the current politics of international justice.
In addition to my PhD research, I am a visiting scholar at the Center for International Criminal Justice at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I previously worked as a research assistant for the GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub and have peer reviewed articles for International Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. At LSE, I am affiliated with the Mannheim Doctoral Working Group at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and serve on the editorial board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
I previously earned a JD from Cornell Law School, where I worked as an Articles Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. Prior to that, I earned an MA from New York University and a BA from Brigham Young University. I use any pronouns.
The construction, reproduction, and contestation of sexual victimhood discourse in international criminal law