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


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.



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