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Prof Kristin Bakke
Room 2.06, the Rubin Building
School of Public Policy, UCL
29/30 Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9QU
Appointment
  • Professor of Political Science and International Relations
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

Kristin M. Bakke is Professor in Political Science and International Relations. She teaches in UCL’s Department of Political Science, in the School of Public Policy, and in the program on European and International Social and Political Studies. She is a member of the Conflict & Change research cluster. She is also an Associate Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).


Prior to joining UCL in 2009, Professor Bakke was an Assistant Professor in political science at Leiden University and a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. She holds a PhD and MA in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a BA in journalism and political science from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is from Norway.


Professor Bakke is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Peace Research and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Security Studies and the advisory board of Nations and Nationalism. She sits on the council of the Conflict Research Society.

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Research Summary

Focusing on political violence, Professor Bakke’s research explores post-war state-building and wartime governance, states’ responses to opposition movements within their borders, the dynamics of violence in self-determination struggles, and geopolitical attitudes (see her website). She draws on multiple methods in her work—large-n cross-case analyses, public opinion surveys, and fieldwork-based case studies—and collaborates with colleagues from different disciplines. She has conducted fieldwork in Northern Ireland, India, Guatemala, Canada, and several post-Soviet states and de facto states. She is the author of Decentralization and Intrastate Struggles: Chechnya, Punjab, and Québec, which was published with Cambridge University Press in 2015 and received the Conflict Research Society’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. Her work has also been published in journals such as International SecurityInternational Studies QuarterlyJournal of Conflict ResolutionJournal of Peace ResearchPerspectives on PoliticsPolitical Geography, and World Politics. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Norwegian Research Council.

Teaching Summary

In the Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy, Professor Bakke teaches the MSc course on Conflict Resolution and Post-War Developments, as well as the BSc course on International Relations Theories.

In the program on European and International Social and Political Studies, she teaches the BA course on Political Violence and Intrastate Conflicts, as well as the International Relations section of the core course Introduction to European History, Law, Politics and Philosophy.


Appointments
01-OCT-2016 Professor Department of Political Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2013 – 30-SEP-2016 Senior Lecturer Department of Political Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2009 – 30-SEP-2013 Lecturer Department of Political Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2008 – 31-AUG-2009 Assistant Professor Department of Political Science Leiden University, Netherlands
01-JAN-2008 – 31-DEC-2009 Research Associate Centre for the Study of Civil War Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway
01-SEP-2007 – 31-JUL-2008 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Harvard University, United States
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Political Science University of Washington Seattle
2003 MA Master of Arts – Political Science University of Washington Seattle
2000 BA Bachelor of Arts – Journalism Indiana University
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