Erica De Bruin
Associate Professor of Government Erica De Bruin recently presented three papers at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting in Nashville.

She presented her article on “Policing insurgency: are more militarized police more effective?” in a session on “Police and Military Forces in Dictatorships.” The article, published in the journal Small Wars & Insurgencies last fall, focuses on how police militarization affects outcomes in counterinsurgency campaigns.

De Bruin also presented a paper from her on-going National Science Foundation-funded project on armed group governance and legitimacy in Colombia, as well as new, co-authored work on how to conceptualize variation in state security forces.

In addition, De Bruin’s book, How to Prevent Coups d’état: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival (2020, Cornell University Press), was the subject of an ISA “Author Meets Critics” roundtable. In this discussion, scholars of civil-military relations and civil war highlighted the book’s contributions to their fields and identified directions for future research.

In early April, De Bruin presented “Attitudes Toward Protests and State Repression: Evidence from Colombia” virtually at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference. Her talk was part of a session on “Attitudes Toward Corruption and Violence.”

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