We are pleased to announce Ragnhild Nordås as this year's Eldersveld Prize recipient!

The Eldersveld Prize, named after Sam Eldersveld, is given to faculty and graduate students (in alternating years) for their research accomplishments. Every other year, the Department's Executive Committee chooses a faculty member to receive the Eldersveld Prize.

Ragnhild Nordås is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan and a faculty associate at the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway. Nordås has previously been a fellow and the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School (2008/10) and the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame (2010/11)

Her research focuses on violent conflict and repression. She is particularly interested in understanding the causes, dynamics, and consequences of conflict-related sexual violence. Nordås is a co-creator of the Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict dataset (SVAC). Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Research. In 2019, she was listed among the 20 most cited scholars in international relations in her cohort.