Laura Brandt is currently studying Political Science (BA) at the University of Vienna. Her specializations are in the areas of political theory, gender and politics and international politics. For one year she has been working as a study assistant in the research group Gender and Governance under the direction of Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Vienna. She is also a volunteer at the Austrian Institute for International Politics in the area of security policy and violence under the direction of Prof. Dr. Saskia Stachowitsch. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, international security regimes and their gender-specific implications, extremism and radicalization, gender and the military, European security policy and feminist state theories.