Post-doctoral Researcher at The University of Oxford, University of Oxford

Co-editor of The Libyan Revolution and Its Aftermath (

Brian McQuinn, a Harry Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellow, is also a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva, Switzerland and the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark. Brian completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford based on seven months of fieldwork in Misrata, Libya during the 2011 uprising. He conducted ethnographic research with fighting groups in Misrata, studying cognition, group bonding and organisational morphology.

His research has appeared in a range of media including The Guardian, Financial Times and Nature; he has also served as a commentator on BBC World Service. He has published with Oxford University Press and in various journals, including the Journal for Conflict Resolution and PS: Political Science and Politics. Prior to resuming academics, Brian worked for 14 years in more than a dozen conflict-affected countries as a dialogue specialist with the United Nations and various other international organizations. He has also taught the UN System Staff College course on “Applied Conflict Analysis for Prevention and Peacebuilding.”


  • 2014–present
    Co-editor of The Libyan Revolution and Its Aftermath (Hurst 2015). Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Oxford


  • 2014 
    DPhil, University of Oxford