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Anne-Kathrin Kreft

Doctoral student

Anne-Kathrin Kreft
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 1232

Room number: A415
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Anne-Kathrin Kreft


PhD in Political Science, University of Gothenburg (2019), Member of the Norwegian Research School on Peace and Conflict

I hold master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (2015) and Western Washington University (2010), and a bachelor’s degree from University of Bielefeld, Germany (2007). My previous work experience includes inter alia short-term positions and internships at KfW Development Bank in Frankfurt, GIZ in Lusaka, the German Foreign Office in Berlin, and the World Federation of United Nations Associations in New York.

Research interests

Gender, conflict and violence; conflict-related sexual violence; social transformations in war; women's mobilization; UNSCR 1325 and Women, Peace and Security framework; women's rights
Current research

My dissertation Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Threat, Mobilization and Gender Norms foregrounds how conflict-related sexual violence can be studied from the vantage point of agency. Drawing on cross-national statistical analysis and qualitative fieldwok in Colombia, I show that sexual violence perpetrated by armed actors is a previously overlooked driver of women’s civil society mobilization during conflict. Interviews with representatives of women’s organizations and victims’ associations in Colombia further reveal that mobilized women locate the origins of conflict-related sexual violence in patriarchal structures existing in society, a view that diverges markedly from the globally dominant “weapon of war” understanding of sexual violence in conflict.

I go on to explore what a growing international focus on sexual violence as the central gender issue in conflict means for the implementation of women’s protection and participation norms entrenched in United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security framework. My findings here suggest that international actors perceive gender to be more salient in conflicts with prevalent sexual violence, thus evoking a “gendered” response. The result is an uneven implementation of international gender norms across different types of conflict, with the implication that the many other ways in which civil wars are commonly and demonstrably gendered are sidelined.

In additional ongoing projects, I examine public opinion surrounding victimization and international intervention in armed conflict (with Mattias Agerberg); and challenges to confronting sexual violence in Colombia; and the relationship between preferential trade agreements and women's rights (with Evgeny Postnikov).

My research tcombines statistical analysis, qualitative fieldwork in Colombia, and survey experiments.

Personal website: http://annekathrinkreft.wordpress.com/

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Authoritarian Institutions and Women’s Rights
Daniela Donno, Anne-Kathrin Kreft
Comparative Political Studies, Journal article 2019
Journal article


The Empowerment of Women in Diplomacy
Ann Towns, Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Birgitta Niklasson
Alexander A. C., Bolzendahl C., Jalalzai F. (Eds.) Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe, Springer, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book


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