"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception."

My current research focuses on gender and rebel-to-party transitions in sub-Saharan Africa. 


This project seeks to understand how women's participation in rebel groups effects the likelihood of a successful transition to a political party. It also addresses how women's wartime activities shapes their post-conflict political representation.

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hilary Matfess

I am a PhD student in Yale University's Political Science Department and a research analyst at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). In 2015, I graduated with an MA in International Economics and African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS. 


My research is at the intersection of security, gender, and governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 


I have conducted field work in Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia.


My first book, Women and the War on Boko Haram, was published in 2017 with Zed Publishers.