I am Assistant Professor (with tenure) in Security and Conflict in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on civilian agency and civilian protection in communal conflicts and civil wars; local peacebuilding and social resilience; and the gender dimensions of peacebuilding. I have conducted extensive field research on these issues in Indonesia and Nigeria, and more recently in South Sudan and Myanmar. Previously, I was a researcher in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, and in the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence at Yale University. I hold a PhD from the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
My book, RESILIENT COMMUNITIES: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. In the book, I examine large-scale communal conflicts and offer a typology of their escalation dynamics. I focus on civilian agency and mobilization ‘from below’ and explain violence and non-violence in communal wars. Drawing on extensive field research on ethno-religious conflicts in Ambon/Maluku Province in eastern Indonesia and Jos/Plateau State in central Nigeria, I analyse how civilians responded to local conflict dynamics very differently, evading, supporting, or collectively resisting armed groups. My comparison of vulnerable communities and (un)successful prevention efforts demonstrates how under courageous leadership resilient communities can emerge that adapt to changing conflict zones, collectively prevent killings, and build local peace.
I am available to supervise PhD students and invite PhD research proposals in the areas of conflict, civilian protection, and peacebuilding, and gender and international security.
Personal website: janakrause.org