Hilary Matfess is a Ph.D. Candidate in Yale University's Political Science Department and a 2020-2021 United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellow. Her research focuses on the gendered dynamics of conflict. Hilary has previously published on women's roles in Boko Haram, the role of bride price in catalyzing recruitment into armed groups, the use of female suicide bombers by armed groups, women's contributions to community based-armed groups, and the characteristics of Boko Haram and al Shabaab's violence targeting women. Her first book, Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses, was published in 2017 by Zed Books. She holds a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a Hodson Trust Scholar.