Dr Bill Kissane

Dr Bill Kissane

Associate Professor (Reader) in Politics

Email: b.kissane@lse.ac.uk 
Office: CON 5.06, Connaught House
Office Hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:30
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7900
Website: personal.lse.ac.uk/KISSANE

Biography


Bill Kissane was born in the Republic of Ireland and was educated at Trinity College Dublin (BA MA) and the LSE (MSc PhD). He has been teaching full-time in the Government Department of the LSE since 1998.

Research Interests


  • Civil Wars and Reconstruction
  • Comparative Constitutionalism
  • Democratization
  • Ireland
  • Turkey

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV4E1: Comparative Democratization in a Global Age
  • GV4B8: The Politics of Civil Wars
  • GV245: Democracy and Democratisation
  • GV4G4: Comparative Conflict Analysis

Featured Book


Nations Torn Asunder: the Challenge of Civil War
(Oxford University Press, February 2016)The front cover of 'Nations Torn Asunder' by Bill Kissane

  • Civil wars: what makes the contemporary challenge they pose so different to that of past periods?
  • What - if anything - is different about the experience of civil war at the dawn of the twenty-first century?
  • Focuses on the explosion of civil wars since 1945 - and the huge devastation they have caused.
  • Asks what we can learn from the historical literature on civil wars - going back to the ancient Greeks - to help explain the violence in many parts of the world in the last half century.

Publications


Does engaging the public in the constitutional process depend on the existence of a ‘constitutional identity’?
Kissane, Bill (2015) Does engaging the public in the constitutional process depend on the existence of a ‘constitutional identity’? LSE Constitution UK Blog (20 Apr 2015). Blog Entry.

Division, Reconstruction, Reconciliation: what happens to identity after civil war?
Kissane, Bill (2015) Division, Reconstruction, Reconciliation: what happens to identity after civil war? LSE Department of Government Blog (05 Jun 2015). Blog Entry.

The tragedy of Syria and the nature of civil war
Kissane, Bill (2015) The tragedy of Syria and the nature of civil war. LSE Department of Government Blog (04 Nov 2015). Blog Entry.

Why is there no Nelson Mandela figure in Northern Ireland?
Kissane, Bill (2014) Why is there no Nelson Mandela figure in Northern Ireland? British Politics and Policy at LSE (13 Jan 2014). Blog Entry.

What is at stake in the Turkish constitutional referendum?
Kissane, Bill (2017) What is at stake in the Turkish constitutional referendum? The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK.

View Bill's full publication archive

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