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Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, ISA President 2021-2022

Regius Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, Director of the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation, and Research Associate at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch’s research focuses on violent and nonviolent conflict, political mobilization, democratization and political change, geography and space in politics and international relations, as well as research methods in the social sciences. He has published three books and over 80 articles in journals, including American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, International Interactions, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, and World Politics. He is the co-creator of the Archigos database of political leaders. Gleditsch has served as ISA vice president (2014-5), annual meeting program co-chair (2011), and on the ISA committees for Academic Freedom (chair), Professional Rights and Responsibilities (chair), Nominations, and Publications. He is a co-editor of Research & Politics and a former co-editor of British Journal of Political Science. Gleditsch is a member of the subpanel for politics and international relations in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, and he has served on the council of the American Political Science Association, Network of European Peace Scientist, and Peace Science Society (International). His personal webpage is

Selected Publications:

  1. 2019. Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede. “An Ever More Violent World?”, Political Studies Review 17(2): 99–114.
  2. 2019. B√∂hmelt, Tobias; Vincenzo Bove & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. “Blame the victims? Refugees, state capacity, and non-state actor violence”, Journal of Peace Research 56(1): 73–87.
  3. 2018. Guo, Weisi; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch & Alan Wilson. “Comment: Retool AI to Forecast and Limit Wars”, Nature 562: 331-333.
  4. 2016. Polo, Sara M.T. & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. “Twisting Arms and Sending Messages: Terrorist Tactics in Civil War”, Journal of Peace Research 53(6): 815-829.
  5. 2013. Cederman, Lars-Erik; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, & Halvard Buhaug. Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  6. 2011. Cederman, Lars-Erik; Nils B. Weidmann, & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. “Horizontal Inequalities and Ethno-nationalist Civil War: A Global Comparison”, American Political Science Review 105(3): 457-477
  7. 2009. Special Issue on ‘Disaggregating Civil Wars’, Journal of Conflict Resolution 53 (4), with Lars-Erik Cederman.
  8. 2009. Cunningham, David E.; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, & Idean Salehyan. “It Takes Two: A Dyadic Analysis of Civil War Duration and Outcome”, Journal of Conflict Resolution 53 (4): 570-597.
  9. 2007. Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede. “Transnational Dimensions of Civil War”, Journal of Peace Research 44 (3): 293-309.
  10. 2006. Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede & Michael D. Ward. “Diffusion and the International Context of Democratization”, International Organization 60(4): 911–933.
  11. 2006. Salehyan, Idean & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. “Refugees and the Spread of Civil War”, International Organization 60(2):335-66.
  12. 2002. Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede. All International Politics is Local: The Diffusion of Conflict, Integration, and Democratization. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  13. 1998. Ward, Michael D. and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. “Democratizing for Peace”, American Political Science Review 92(1):51-61.
  14. 1997. Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede and Michael D. Ward. “Double Take: Reexamining Democracy and Autocracy in Modern Polities”, Journal of Conflict Resolution 41(3):361-83.

Selected Honors:

Gleditsch was the 2007 recipient of ISA’s Karl Deutsch Award, which recognizes a scholar under age 40 judged to have made the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research. He was a co-recipient for the 2015 ISA’s Annual Best Book Award (for Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War, with L-E. Cederman and H. Buhaug), the 2014 APSA Comparative Politics Section Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award (for the Archigos, with H.E. Goemans and G. Chiozza), and was awarded the 2000 APSA Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics.

ISA President, 2021-2022

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch | President
University of Essex
April 2021 - March 2022

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