Dr Anastasia Shesterinina is a Lecturer in Politics and International Politics at the University of Sheffield. Prior to taking up this position, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016) at Yale University, affiliated with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. She holds a PhD (2014, first class) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Dr Shesterinina’s interests lie at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and qualitative methodology. Her field-intensive research explores the internal dynamics of and international intervention in contemporary armed conflict, particularly ordinary people’s mobilization in uncertainty, ex-combatants’ demobilization and reintegration, and civilian protection norms and practices. She is currently working on ex-combatants’ responses to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Colombia, with a focus on community leadership by former mid-level commanders of the FARC. Her work has been published in American Political Science Review, Journal of Peace Research, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and International Peacekeeping and her book Mobilizing in Uncertainty is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.