Philip Roessler, Director

Philip Roessler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary as well as the Director of the Center for African Development (CAD) at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR) at W&M.

Roessler's research and teaching offer new perspectives on conflict, state-building, and development, with a focus on the region of sub-Saharan Africa, where I have conducted extensive field research.

He has written two books. The first, Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. The second book, co-authored with Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University-SFSQ, Why Comrades Go To War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa’s Deadliest Conflict, is forthcoming with Hurst Publishers.

New research projects address other big questions in the study of development, including: the effects of the mobile phone revolution on women’s empowermentthe impact of Chinese investment and development projects on state capacity and legitimacy; and the causes and consequences of regional inequality in Africa.

Roessler's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the British Academy, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute of International Education and United States Agency for International Development and been published in World PoliticsJournal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics and other outlets.