Rachel Kowalski  

Founder and Network Director

Rachel is a Wolfson Scholar and PhD candidate at the History Department of the University of Oxford under the supervision of  Prof. Ian McBride and Dr. Marc Mulholland. She completed her undergraduate and post graduate studies at Kings College London's departments of History and War Studies, where she obtained first class honours and distinction class respectively. Her research concerns the nature of the violence perpetrated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the in the Northern Ireland 'troubles' during the 1970's . 

Rachel is interested in the study of violence more generally, and is a member of other interdisciplinary networks to this end also, including the Leverhulme Research Network, Understanding Insurgencies. In 2016 she founded the Oxford Seminar for the Study of Violence, which has grown from the original series into the multi-university and international research network Violence Studies. In her spare time Rachel is a history and travel blogger at www.RachelKowalski.org

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Adam Brodie

Network Partner

Adam is a PhD student at the University of Oxford, supervised by Professors Michael Biggs and Robin Harding. Prior to Oxford he completed a BA in History & War Studies, and an MA in Terrorism Studies, at King’s College London, obtaining two first class honours degrees. His current research straddles the divide between Politics and Sociology, by investigating the causes of collective action and extra-parliamentary politics in post-Troubles Northern Ireland, and the efficacy of peacebuilding initiatives carried out beyond the state.


Dr Erica Charters

Network Partner

Erica's  research examines how war and disease intersect with state formation and state power, particularly in colonial contexts.  Her monograph Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of British Armed Forces during the Seven Years War (Chicago, 2014) traces how responses to disease shaped military strategy, medical theory, and the nature of British imperial authority.  The American Association for the History of Medicine awarded this the George Rosen Prize for 2016, and the Society for Army Historical Research awarded this Best First Book for 2014.  Her published work on this topic also includes 'The Caring Fiscal-Military State during the Seven Years War, 1756-1763', Historical Journal (2009). 



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Dr Jelke Boesten

Network Partner

Jelke is Reader Gender and Development at the Department of International Development, King’s College London, and runs the Gender Studies Network at King’s. She is the author of Intersecting Inequalities: Women and Social Policy in Peru (2010) and of Sexual Violence in War and Peace. Gender and Post-conflict Justice in Peru (2014) and many other papers and chapter which can be found at www.jelkeboesten.com.Currently, she works on themes related to transformative gender justice and memory.

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Professor Edward Miller

Network Partner

Edward Miller is Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He is a specialist on the Vietnam War and Modern Vietnamese history with particular interest in the international and transnational dimensions of the war. Prof. Miller is the author of Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard, 2013) and many articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a transnational history of counterinsurgency in the Mekong Delta.

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Professor Niall Ó Dochartaigh

Network Partner

Niall is Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway. Recent publications include the co-edited books Political Violence in Context (ECPR Press 2015) and Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland: Making and Breaking a Divided Island (Routledge 2017). He was co-founder of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Violence and Convener from 2012 to 2018. He recently completed a monograph on Negotiating Political Violence in Northern Ireland. His current research focuses on mediation, peace negotiations, political violence, territory and the Northern Ireland conflict. More information at niallodoc.wordpress.com.

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Professor Karl Hack

Network Partner

Karl Hack is Professor of History at the Open University, and an expert on the British empire, on insurgency and counterinsurgency, and on conflict and memory, especially with reference to Malaysia and Singapore.’

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Dr Edward Burke

Network Partner

Dr Edward Burke is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Nottingham specialising in the study of insurgency, terrorism and political violence. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in September 2017 he was a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Portsmouth attached to the Royal Air Force College. His most recent book is An Army of Tribes: British Army Cohesion, Deviancy and Murder in Northern Ireland (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018).


Dr Roel Frakking

Network Partner

Roel Frakking’s thesis, ‘“Collaboration is a Very Delicate Concept”: Alliance-formation and the Wars of Independence in Indonesia and Malaysia, 1945-1957’ (European University Institute, Florence, Italy) is a case study in the interface of late European empires and colonized societies. Specifically, it investigates how the Dutch and British empires tried to recruit local forces in Indonesia and Malaysia respectively to protect their economic assets, and how local communities and power brokers negotiated decolonization to their own ends. Frakking’s research takes empires as a single analytical unit; as spaces of multi-directional causes and effects. His most recent publication (International History Review, 2016) analyses how during the war for Indonesian independence (1945-49) the Sundanese of West Java pursued an alternative path to independence and how they, in the process, clashed with both the Dutch colonial authorities and their opponents in the Republik Indonesia.

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