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King's College London
extremism, gender, women, Jihad, counter-Jihad, Boko Haram, ISIS, radicalisation, violent extremism, CVE, terrorism
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About Me

Elizabeth Pearson is an Associate Fellow at RUSI and an ESRC-funded PhD student in War Studies at King’s College London. She specialises in gender, extremism and radicalisation, with an interest in both Islamist and counter-Jihadi movements.

Elizabeth also writes and comments on gender-based violence and Boko Haram and has worked as a CVE consultant for EUTANS in Nigeria.

She holds a Master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College London, where she was a Simon O’Dwyer Russell prize-winner (2013). Elizabeth also has a BA degree in German and Philosophy from Wadham College, Oxford University.

Elizabeth has a background in radio journalism at the BBC, where she has more than fifteen years’ experience in production, reporting and feature-making. She was a regular producer at BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour programme, and has also worked in Current Affairs, at Radio Five Live and in BBC Radio News.

Recent Publications
Different Cities, Shared Stories: A Five-Country Study Challenging Assumptions Around Muslim Women and CVE Interventions, Winterbotham & Pearson,  RUSI Journal, December 2016
Boko Haram and Nigeria’s Female Bombers, RUSI Newsbrief, September 2015
The Case of Roshonara Choudhry: Implications for Theory on Online Radicalization, ISIS Women and the Gendered Jihad, Policy and Internet, September 2015
Women, Gender and the Evolving Tactics of Boko Haram, Zenn & Pearson, The Journal of Terrorism Research, February 2014
Social Media, the Internet and Terrorism, Brown & Pearson, ed. Andrew Silke, the Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, 2017
Wilayat Twitter: Online as the New Frontline, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2017
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Nigeria, UK

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