Elisabeth Jean Wood is professor of political science at Yale University and professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is currently writing a book on variation in sexual violence during war, drawing on field research in several countries. She is the author of "Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador" (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and "Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador" (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Among her recent articles are “Sexual Violence during War: Toward an Understanding of Variation,” (in Order, Conflict, and Violence, Ian Shapiro, Stathis Kalyvas and Tarek Masoud eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008), “Armed groups and sexual violence: when is wartime rape rare?” (Politics and Society, 2009), “The Social Processes of Civil War: The Wartime Transformation of Social Networks”, (Annual Review of Political Science, 2008), and “Revisiting Counterinsurgency” with Daniel Branch (Politics and Society, 2010). She serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Society, The American Political Science Review, and the Contentious Politics series of Cambridge University Press. At Yale, she teaches courses on comparative politics, political violence, social movements, and qualitative research methods.