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Dr Jeni Mitchell is a teaching fellow specialising in insurgency, rebellion, and irregular warfare, with a particular focus on civilian victimization by non-state armed groups. She completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies, where she conducted doctoral research on the Tajik civil war and contributed to research projects and government consultations on Afghanistan and Iraq. She has previously worked for Chatham House, the Brookings Institution and the Middle East Institute. Her most recent research focuses on the normative, strategic and economic incentives for civilian victimization within intrastate conflict, which will be presented in the forthcoming book Rethinking Rebel Violence.


Research Interests

  • Insurgency and rebellion (early modern era to present)
  • Irregular warfare
  • Civilian victimization
  • Utopian ideologies and transgressive violence
  • Organised crime in war
  • Forced migration and the security-legal drivers of the refugee response 



  • Rethinking Rebel Violence: The Incentives for Victimisation and Restraint in Modern Warfare (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Refugee-Warrior in an Era of Revolutionary Violence’ (with Satvinder Juss), in Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror (London: Routledge, 2019)
  • ‘Gatekeepers of Asylum: UK Country Guidance, Indiscriminate Violence and Internal Relocation’ (with Satvinder Juss), in Research Handbook on International Refugee Law (London: Edward Elgar, 2019)
  • A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of War, Revolution and Enlightenment, with Stephane Henaut (New York: New Press, 2018)
  • 'Civilian Victimization during the Tajik Civil War: A Typology and Strategic Assessment', Central Asian Survey 34, No. 3 (September 2015), 357-372.
  • 'Moudjahidines de Bosnie: quand l'Afghanistan s'exporte dans les Balkans', Guerres et Histoires (No. 21, October 2014)
  • 'The Contradictory Effects of Jihadist War-fighting: The Bosnia Precedent', Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 31, No. 9 (2008), 808-828.

For a full list of publications please visit Dr Leveringhaus's PURE Profile



I teach modules for the War Studies Online MA programmes:

  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Conflict in Russia and the Post-Soviet Space