DR. MARIE BERRY | Principal Investigator

Marie E. Berry is an Assistant Professor of International Comparative Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she is an affiliate of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. She is the Director of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), an effort to catalyze research, education, and programming aimed at elevating and amplifying the work that women activists are doing at the grassroots to advance peace and security across the world. She also directs the annual IGLI Summer Institute. Her first book, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Cambridge University Press 2018), examines the impact of war and genocide on women’s political mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia. Her second book project explores women’s participation in mass movements for social change across the world. Her work has been published in outlets including Gender & SocietyDemocratizationSignsNew Political EconomyMobilizationPolitics & GenderForeign PolicyThe Society Pages, and Political Violence @ A Glance. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA in 2015.  


DR. MILLI LAKE | Principal Investigator

Milli Lake is an Assistant Professor in International Security in the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics. Her research examines questions of state-building, institutional reform, (in)security and political violence in post-conflict and post-colonial states, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. Her first book: Strong NGOs and Weak States (Cambridge University Press 2018) explores the challenges and opportunities faced by activists and organizations pursuing gender justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. Her research is published in International OrganizationLaw and Society ReviewInternational Studies QuarterlyWorld Development, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and PS: Political Science & Politics among other outlets. Prior to joining the London School of Economics, Dr. Lake was an Assistant Professor at Arizona University’s School of Politics and Global Studies. She has also worked for the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, Save the Children, the World Bank's Gender Innovation Lab, the International Law and Policy Institute, and the University of Washington's Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal project. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Washington in 2014.


SINDUJA RAJA | Project Manager

Sinduja Raja is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Studies, with a focus on gender and security, from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver . She is also one of ten awardees of the Sie Fellowship and scholarship from the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. Prior to this, she obtained a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where her Master’s thesis focused on the indeterminate status of the Indian Peacekeeping Forces deployed in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Her current research interests are in understanding the gendered relationship between state, society and violence, particularly in South Asia.