Assistant Professor of Political Science
Laia Balcells (Yale PhD, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research explores the determinants of political violence and civil wars, warfare dynamics during conflict, and redistribution and conflict. She has published in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Politics & Society, and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, among other journals. She has been recipient of the APSA Luebbert Prize for Best Article in Comparative Politics and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Research grant. Before joining the political science department at Duke, she was a researcher at the Institute for Economic Analysis, CSIC (Barcelona) and affiliated professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE). During the academic year 2015-2016, Dr. Balcells is a fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Her first book, entitled Rivalry and Revenge: the Politics of Violence in Civil War is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press.
- Ph.D., Yale University 2010
Balcells, L, and Kalyvas, S. "Technology of Rebellion in the Syrian Civil War." The Political Science of Syria’s War. Ed. M Lynch. Middle East Channel & Project on Middle East Political Science, December 2013. 11-13.
Balcells, L. "Political Violence: an institutional approach." Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions. Ed. J Gandhi and R Ruiz. Routledge Press, 2013.
Balcells, L, and Orriols, L. "Party Polarisation and Spatial Voting in Spain." Voters and Parties in the Spanish Political Space. Ed. I Sánchez-Cuenca and E Dinas. 2013.
Balcells, L, and Steele, A. Warfare, political identities, and displacement in Spain and Colombia. March 2016. Full Text
Balcells, L, Daniels, L-A, and Escriba-Folch, A. The determinants of low-intensity intergroup violence: The case of Northern Ireland. January 1, 2016. Full Text
Balcells, L. Rivalry and Revenge: Violence against Civilians in Conventional Civil Wars1. June 2010.
Balcells, L, and Kalyvas, SN. "Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes of Civil Wars." Journal of Conflict Resolution 58.8 (December 1, 2014): 1390-1418. Full Text
Balcells, L, and Justino, P. "Bridging Micro and Macro Approaches on Civil Wars and Political Violence: Issues, Challenges, and the Way Forward." Journal of Conflict Resolution 58.8 (December 1, 2014): 1343-1359. Full Text
Fernández-Albertos, J, Kuo, A, and Balcells, L. "Economic Crisis, Globalization, and Partisan Bias: Evidence from Spain." International Studies Quarterly 57.4 (December 1, 2013): 804-816. Full Text
Fernández-Albertos, J, Kuo, A, and Balcells, L. "Economic Crisis, Globalization, and Partisan Bias: Evidence from Spain." International Studies Quarterly (2013).
Balcells, L. "The Consequences of Victimization on Political Identities: Evidence from Spain." POLITICS & SOCIETY 40.3 (September 2012): 311-347. Full Text
Balcells, L, and Orriols, L. ""Party Polarisation and Spatial Voting in Spain"." South European Society and Politics 17 (2012): 393-409. (Academic Article)
Balcells, L. "The Consequences of Victimization on Political Identities. Evidence from Spain." Politics & Society 40 (2012): 309-345. (Academic Article)
Balcells, L. "Ariel Ahram’s Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State Sponsored Militias; Timothy D. Sisk’s International Mediation in Civil Wars. Bargaining with Bullets; Amalendu Misra’s Politics of Civil Wars: Conflict, Intervention and Resolution." Democracy and Security 8 (2012): 406-414. (Review)
Balcells, L. "Rivalry and Revenge: the Politics of Violence in Civil War." (2013).
Balcells, L, and Kalyvas, SN. "Endgame in Syria?." Foreign Policy (2013).
Balcells, L. "2012 Catalonia Post-Elections Report." The Monkey Cage (November 2012).
Balcells, L. "2012 Catalonia Pre-Elections Report." The Monkey Cage (November 2012).