Kristin M. Bakke

Professor in Political Science and International Relations, UCL

I am Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University College London (UCL) and Associate Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Focusing on political violence, my research explores how states respond to opposition within their borders, the dynamics of violence in self-determination struggles, and post-war state-building. I draw on both quantitative and qualitative methods, including surveys and fieldwork in Northern Ireland, India, Guatemala, Canada, and post-Soviet states and de facto states.

I have worked in the Department of Political Science at UCL since 2009, where I am part of the Conflict & Change research cluster. Prior to joining UCL, I was Assistant Professor at Leiden University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard. I hold a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle.


  • –present
    Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University College London


  • 2007 
    University of Washington, Seattle, Political Science