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. She was a visiting researcher at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame from 2009-2011, and in 2014 she was a Fulbright scholar at PRIO. Currently (2016-2017), Loyle is the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fellow for the Prevention of Genocide at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Loyle's 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 fieldwork in Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Nepal, Northern Ireland and Turkey. Together with Binningsbø and Gates she has created the Post-Conflict Justice (PCJ) and During-Conflict Justice (DCJ) databases, and they are currently investigating the contexts, causes and consequences of conflict-related justice processes, taking advantage of the unique databases collected. Loyle is also the Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Research Initiative, and is conducting research on violence during "The Troubles" together with PRIO researcher Christian Davenport.
Loyle's work has been funded by the Norwegian Research Council, the US Institute of Peace, and the US National Science Foundation. Her research has been published with the Social Science Research Council, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Peace Research, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, International Interactions, Genocide Studies and Prevention, and Global Public Health.
PRIO Global Fellows are academics with strong scholarly records and a commitment to the research agenda on peace and conflict. They all have their main positions elsewhere but work closely with PRIO researchers and regularly spend time in Oslo.