Hilary Matfess is an assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also a Council on Foreign Relations term fellow and a research fellow at the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab. In 2021, she graduated from Yale University with a PhD in political science. In 2015, she graduated with an MA in international relations, with a focus on African studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her research is at the intersection of security, gender, and governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been published in International Security, Security Studies, Stability, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and African Studies Review. Her first book, Women and the War on Boko Haram was published in 2017. Her second book, In Love and at War: Marriage in Non-state Armed Groups, was published by Cambridge Elements in 2024.