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Dr M.M. (Meredith) Loken

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Meredith Loken is an Associate Professor (Universitair Docent 1)  in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where she is a member of the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance research group. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. 

  • Research

    She researches contemporary political violence, specifically focused on the gender dynamics of armed organizations and civil wars. Her work explores the causes and effects of women's participation in armed groups, gender-based targeting during conflict, and non-state armed group messaging and narrative-building around political violence. She is presently researching and writing a writing a book about the history of republican media and publicity, including the role of women and gendered narratives, in the North of Ireland.

    ​She is a co-Principal Investigator for the Women's Activities in Armed Rebellion (WAAR) Project, a multi-methods research project comprising a qualitative handbook and cross-national dataset documenting women’s participation over 370 rebel organisations operating between 1946-2015. More information on her research and teaching can be found here

  • Publications




    • Bouris, D. (Author), Boussaid, F. (Author), Bracke, S. (Author), Fontana, S. (Author), Pallister-Wilkins, P. (Author), Bala, S. (Author), de Cesari, C. (Author), Dekker, M. (Author), De Keere, K. (Author), Ferrari Braun, A. (Author), Gaddam, S. (Author), Hamdan, A. (Author), Hegazy, M. (Author), Jansen, Y. (Author), Işleyen, B. (Author), Korkmaz, A. (Author), Loken, M. (Author), Moors, A. (Author), Pali, B. (Author), ... Vertommen, S. (Author). (2024). De ondraaglijke lichtheid van UvA’s neutraliteit. Web publication or website, Folia.


    • Loken, M. M. (2023). Book Review of “Women and the Lebanese Civil War: Female Fighters in Lebanese and Palestinian Militias” (Palgrave Macmillan) by Jennifer Philippa Eggert. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 16(4), 792-793.

    Talk / presentation

    • Loken, M. (speaker) (2023). Women, Gender,and Rebel Governance in Civil Wars, University of Washington.
    • Loken, M. (speaker) (2023). Women’s participation in violent non-state groups: effects, perceptions, and policy implications, Charles Stuart University.


    • Loken, M. (participant) (12-7-2023 - 14-7-2023). European Workshops in International Studies, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Loken, M. (participant) (2023). International Studies Association, Annual Conference (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Loken, M. (participant) (2023). Understanding the Link Between the Recruitment and Operational Behavior of Terrorist Organizations (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Loken, M. (participant) (2023). Conflict Research Society Annual Meeting (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isleyen, B. (chair) & Loken, M. (chair) (2023). European Workshops in International Studies, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Loken, M. (participant) (8-5-2022). Under-Researched Aspects of Gender and Security,. Organized event at the UvA, hosted 8 external participants and one internal (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Loken, M. & Matfess, H. (2022). Women's Activities in Armed Rebellion (WAAR) Project. Universiteit van Amsterdam.
    • Zvobgo, K., Sotomayor, A., Rublee, M., Loken, M., Karavas, G. & Duncombe, C. (2022). Replication Data for Race and Racial Exclusion in Security Studies: A Survey of Scholars. Harvard Dataverse.
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  • Ancillary activities
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