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Elizabeth Pearson is an Associate Fellow at RUSI and an ESRC-funded MPhil/PhD student in Defence Studies at King’s College London. She specialises in gender and radicalisation, with an interest in both Islamist and far-right movements.
Elizabeth is a member of the Nigeria Security Network and has written and commented on gender-based violence and Boko Haram for outlets including The International Business Times, African Arguments, War on the Rocks, The Huffington Post, AFP, The Washington Times, Newsweek, The Daily Mail, Daily Beast, Deutsche Welle, AFP, BBC World Service, BBC World, CKNW and BBC Radio Five Live.
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.