Consultative Group

The SVAC Dataset has relied on the advice and guidance of a Consultative Group, experts with detailed knowledge of sexual violence, violence against civilians and civil wars. The Consultative Group includes the following scholars:

Inger Skjelsbæk is Research Professor in political psychology at PRIO and Associate Professor of Culture and Community Psychology at the Psychology Department and the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. She was the Deputy Director at PRIO from 2009 – 2015. Her research has focused on issues of identity, social constructionism and qualitative research methodology. Thematically, her work has centered on gender, peace and conflict and, more specifically, on sexual violence in armed conflict. Skjelsbæk has focused on the aftermath of war rape during the Bosnian war and how victims, their families and communities live with the war-rape trauma. In addition, she has studied the social construction of soldier perpetrators in the context of international criminal prosecution. She is the author of The Political Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Routledge, 2012). Skjelsbæk led the SVAC pilot project from January 2010 through August 2011.

Scott Gates is Research Professor at PRIO and Professor at the University of Oslo. He has published ten books including War and State-Building in Afghanistan (Bloomsbury). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Peace Research and is the Editor in Chief of the International Area Studies Review. Gates’ current research interests include conflict dynamics, policing and protest, post-conflict governance, sexual violence and conflict, and children and war.

Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. Dr. Bloom is the author of Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing, edited with Roy Licklider (2007), and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011). Dr. Bloom is currently completing two books, one on children and terror called Small Arms (forthcoming 2017) and a book on women and ISIS entitled Veiled Threats: Women and the Global Jihad. She is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard, and McGill Universities. Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, and a Bachelors Degree from McGill University in Islamic, Russian and Middle Eastern Studies and speaks seven languages.

Chris Butler is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. He focuses on understanding political conflict in a variety of domains. His research on sexual violence includes “Security Forces and Sexual Violence: A Cross-National Analysis of a Principal-Agent Argument” (Journal of Peace Research) and “Sexual Violence by Government Security Forces: Can Peacetime Levels of Sexual Violence Predict Levels of Sexual Violence in Civil Conflict?” (International Area Studies Review).

Amelia Hoover Green is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Her current book project considers the role of political education programs in armed groups’ attempts to control violence against civilians. Hoover Green serves as Consultant with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, and in 2011 was the Knowledge Management Expert for UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.

Michele Leiby is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the College of Wooster. Her research rests at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, and addresses pressing questions concerning gender, political violence, and human rights advocacy. Her two concurrent threads of research focus on: (1) documenting and understanding the patterns of sexual violence in conflict situations, with regional expertise in Latin America; and (2) evaluating the efficacy of nongovernmental human rights organizations’ efforts at grassroots mobilization and norm change. Her work has been published in English and Spanish, appearing in the American Political Science ReviewInternational Studies QuarterlyPolitics and SocietyRevista Memoria, as well as in various edited volumes on international sex crimes. At the College of Wooster, she teaches courses on human rights, comparative politics and social science research methods.

Elisabeth Jean Wood is Professor of Political Science, International and Area Studies at Yale University. She is currently writing a book on sexual violence during war, drawing on field research in several countries. She is the author of several articles on wartime sexual violence. Wood was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.