Welcome! My name is Kristin Bakke. 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 came to the Department of Political Science at UCL in 2009, where I am part of the Conflict & Change research cluster. I am a core faculty member in the European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) program and Director for Global Security at the Global Governance Institute (GGI). Prior to joining UCL, I was Assistant Professor at Leiden University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard.
I am an associate editor at the Journal of Peace Research and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Security Studies and the advisory board of Nations and Nationalism. I sit on the council of the British Conflict Research Society (CRS).
Originally from Norway, I studied political science at Østfold College, in my hometown Halden, and theater theory at the University of Oslo before moving abroad. I hold a BA (2000) in journalism and political science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a PhD (2007) in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle.