Laia Balcells

Assistant Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140SCIENCE Drive, 204H Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-4367
Specialties: 
Comparative Politics, International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

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.

Education

  • 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, Fernández-Albertos, J, and Kuo, A. "Preferences for Inter-Regional Redistribution." Comparative Political Studies 48.10 (September 2015): 1318-1351. Full Text

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

Balcells, L, and Justino, P. "Bridging Micro and Macro Approaches on Civil Wars and Political Violence." Journal of Conflict Resolution 58.8 (December 2014): 1343-1359.

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

Balcells, L. "Mass Schooling and Catalan Nationalism." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 19.4 (October 1, 2013): 467-486. 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

Orriols, L, and Balcells, L. "Party Polarisation and Spatial Voting in Spain." SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS 17.3 (2012): 393-409. 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)

Pages

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).