As an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics's Department of International Relations, my research addresses non-state armed groups, insecurity, and civil conflict in Central Africa. I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Washington in 2014, and prior to joining LSE I was an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies.
My work explores questions of state-building, institutional reform and political violence in weak, developing and post-conflict states, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. My forthcoming book: Strong NGOs and Weak States examines the opportunity structures and challenges for women's rights created by state fragility in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. My research is published in International Organization, Law and Society Review, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and African Conflict and Peace-Building Review. Prior to embarking on my Ph.D. I worked for the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. I have also worked with Save the Children, the World Bank's Gender Innovation Lab, as a law and human rights consultant at the International Law and Policy Institute, and as a research assistant to the University of Washington's Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal project.
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Email: millilake [at] gmail [dot] com