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Philip Roessler

Assistant Professor

Office: Morton 23
Email: [[proessler]]
Office Phone: 757- 221-3045

Research Interests

African Politics, Armed Conflict


Professor Roessler received his B.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  He has held fellowships at Stanford University and Oxford University. 

Professor Roessler's research offers a new understanding of the politics of civil war onset, conceiving of large-scale political violence as a function of the strategies rulers choose to prevent coups from regime insiders. His research has been published in World Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics and other journals. His 2011 World Politics article, "The Enemy Within: Personal Rule, Coups and Civil War in Africa," won the Gregory Luebbert Award from the American Political Science Association for best paper in comparative politics for 2010 or 2011. In addition to his work on the coup-civil war nexus in Africa, he is collaborating with Bernd Beber and Alex Scacco at New York University on a multi-year panel survey that examines the effects of state partition on identity, political attitudes and migration in Sudan.


GOVT 337: African Politics

GOVT 312: Politics of Developing Countries

Armed Conflict