Dr Livia Schubiger

Dr Livia Schubiger

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics (Conflict and Peace Research)

Department of Government

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Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00 (by appointment via LSE for You)
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About me

Livia Isabella Schubiger joined the Department of Government as an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics (Peace and Conflict Research) in September 2015. Prior to joining LSE, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich's Department of Political Science (Chair for Political Methodology) and the International Conflict Research (ICR) group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. She was also a pre-doctoral visiting fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA).

Livia's dissertation on the effects of wartime indiscriminate state violence received several awards, including the Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (1st Prize, Young Researcher Category) from the Research Group on Development Economics of the German Economic Association and the KfW Development Bank. Her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Swiss Network for International Studies, among others. Some of her co-authored work was recently awarded the MPSA Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award.

Research interests

  • State Violence and Wartime Collective Action
  • Political Violence and Organized Crime
  • Non-State Actors and Political Order
  • Recruitment, Governance and Cohesion in Armed Groups

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV4G4: Comparative Conflict Analysis
  • GV4H9: Armed Groups: Violence, Governance, and Mobilization

Selected publications

"Who’s fighting the Islamic State? Five things you need to know about militias in civil wars" (With Corinna Jentzsch and Stathis N. Kalyvas), Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog.

“Militias in Civil Wars” (with Corinna Jentzsch and Stathis N. Kalyvas), Introduction to Special Issue on Militias in Civil Wars, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2015, 59(5): 755-769.

“Ideology in Armed Groups” (with Matt Zelina). PS: Political Science & Politics 50(4), 948-952.

“International Conventions and Non-State Actors: Selection, Signaling and Reputation Effects” (with Kristian S. Gleditsch, Simon Hug, and Julian Wucherpfennig), Journal of Conflict Resolution (forthcoming).

“Disappearing Dissent? Repression and State Consolidation in Mexico” (with Javier Osorio and Michael Weintraub). Journal of Peace Research (forthcoming).

“Civil War and Democracy: The Case of Colombia” (with Abbey Steele). Conflict Management and Peace Science (forthcoming).

(For current projects and work in progress please visit liviaschubiger.com)