Cyanne Loyle

Visiting Researcher and PRIO Global Fellow

Cyanne Loyle
Additional position(s):
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University



Cyanne E. Loyle, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. 

Dr. Loyle’s current research focuses on transitional justice adopted both during and after armed conflict and the strategic use of justice processes in Rwanda and Uganda. 

She is an East African specialist and has done field work in Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Nepal, Northern Ireland and Turkey. 

Dr. Loyle received her M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland. In 2014, she was a Fulbright and Leiv Eriksson scholar at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and from 2009-2011 she was a visiting researcher at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Dr. Loyle is the Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Research Initiative and co-creator of the Post-Conflict Justice (PCJ) and During-Conflict Justice (DCJ) databases. Loyle’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Institute of Peace.  

She was appointed PRIO Global Fellow in 2017.


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​Her research has been published with the Social Science Research Council, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Peace Research, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, International Interactions, Genocide Studies and Prevention and Global Public Health.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Loyle, Cyanne; Jessica Maves Braithwaite; Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham; Reyko Huang; R Joseph Huddleston; Danielle F Jung & Michael A Rubin (2022) Revolt and Rule: Learning about Governance from Rebel Groups, International Studies Review 24(4).
Loyle, Cyanne; Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham; Reyko Huang & Danielle F Jung (2021) New Directions in Rebel Governance Research, Perspectives on Politics. DOI: 10.1017/S1537592721001985.
Loyle, Cyanne (2020) Rebel Justice during Armed Conflict, Journal of Conflict Resolution 65(1): 108–134.
Raymond, Angie; Scott J. Shackelford; Abbey Stemler & Cyanne Loyle (2020) Defending Democracy: Taking Stock of the Global Fight Against Digital Repression, Disinformation, and Election Insecurity, Washington and Lee Law Review 77(4): 1747–1809.
Loyle, Cyanne & Christian Davenport (2020) Some left to tell the tale: Finding perpetrators and understanding violence in Rwanda, Journal of Peace Research 57(4): 507–520.
Loyle, Cyanne & Samuel E. Bestvater (2019) #rebel: Rebel communication strategies in the age of social media, Conflict Management and Peace Science 36(6): 570–590.
Loyle, Cyanne (2017) Transitional justice and political order in Rwanda, Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1366537.
Loyle, Cyanne & Helga Malmin Binningsbø (2016) Justice during Armed Conflict: A New Dataset on Government and Rebel Strategies, Journal of Conflict Resolution. DOI: 10.1177/0022002716655441.
Binningsbø, Helga Malmin; Cyanne Loyle ; Scott Gates & Jon Elster (2012) Armed Conflict and Post-Conflict Justice, 1946–2006: A Dataset, Journal of Peace Research 49(5): 731–740.

Book Chapter

Loyle, Cyanne (2017) Transitional Justice During Armed Conflict, in William R. Thompson, ed., Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Online: Oxford University Press.
Loyle, Cyanne (2017) Understanding Government Behavior During Armed Conflict, in William R. Thompson, ed., Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Online: Oxford University Press.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Loyle, Cyanne; Alyson Smith & Haley J. Swedlund (2019) Fieldwork in “restrictive” environments: Contrasting methodologies, SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI: 10.4135/9781526466631.

Conference Paper

Binningsbø, Helga Malmin & Cyanne Loyle (2019) The Impact of Government Judicial Processes on Conflict Trajectory, presented at Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, 29 March 2019.
Loyle, Cyanne; Helga Malmin Binningsbø & Scott Gates (2017) Amnesty as a Weapon of War: Government strength and justice processes during armed conflict, presented at 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Baltimore, 22–25 February.
Binningsbø, Helga Malmin & Cyanne Loyle (2014) Justice during armed conflict from 1949 through 2011: A new dataset, presented at International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 26–29 March 2014.
Binningsbø, Helga Malmin & Cyanne Loyle (2011) Offers of Justice and Peace: Bargaining and Justice Processes during Conflict, presented at The Potential Role of Transitional Justice in Ongoing Conflicts, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University, Israel, 14 November.

PRIO Policy Brief

Loyle, Cyanne; Dacan Nobert; Nkayimbi Sarah; Acen Susan Oroma & Lino Owor Ogora (2021) Justice during the War with the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, PRIO Policy Brief, 8. Oslo: PRIO.
Binningsbø, Helga Malmin & Cyanne Loyle (2018) Justice During Armed Conflict: Trends and Implications, Conflict Trends, 4. Oslo: PRIO.