Heleen Touquet obtained her PhD on Social Sciences from KU Leuven. She has worked on postethnic mobilisation, reconciliation and the politics of memory, mostly in the region of the former Yugoslavia. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and conflict, and more specifically on masculinities and male victims of conflict-related sexual violence. In 2018 she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Harvard University. Since January 2019 she holds the Chair in European Values at the University of Antwerp.