My research concerns the history of the relationship between women, civilians at large, and the armed groups in South Sudan’s second and third civil wars. It explores wartime processes of social class formation. Trained as a political scientist and a historian, my approach is inter-disciplinary and my findings are based on two years and a half of field research in South Sudan, where I worked for international aid agencies.

The articles I published explored various aspects of my research including the making of a national history, the SPLA’s military history and predatory behaviors, and marital practices. My book project focuses on a socio-economic history of South Sudan’s second and third civil wars (2013-) inclusive of women’s history. It explores women’s contributions to the war effort and their instrumentalization in a process of social class formation. It reflects on the long-term impacts of violence to understand the South Sudanese society and the fabric of military allegiance. This project illustrates my broader interest in the relationship between violence, predation, military allegiance and processes of social class and state formation, in wars across different times and spaces.

Research Topics:

  • Military history
  • Women’s history
  • War economy
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Kinship
  • Social classes
  • State-building
  • Political violence

Regions of Interest:

  • South Sudan
  • Africa


Middle Eastern Studies, International Studies, International Studies, History, African Studies
PhD, Université Paris-Sorbonne-Paris IV, France, History, 2013
BA, Sciences Po Lille, France, Political Science, 2009
MA, Sciences Po Lille, France, Political Science, 2009