Silke's research focuses on international collaboration against terrorism in the second half of the twentieth century. Through her current book manuscript, Silke traces how U.S. and European officials delineated terrorism as an irrational and criminal threat during the long 1970s in order to delegitimize the political aims of violent non-state actors.
Silke earned a Ph.D. in History from Temple University in 2018. Based on multi-lingual archival research in the United States and Europe, her work has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Gerald Ford Presidential Foundation, and other organizations. Silke previously held the U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Post-doctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding. She received an M.A. in Early Modern and Modern History from Tübingen University in Germany.