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Dr Elliott Green


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Elliott Green originally joined ID in 2001 as a PhD student and became a member of staff in 2005. His PhD, which he completed in 2005, examined state reconstruction and ethnic politics in central Uganda. His current research combines both qualitative and quantitative methods in examining the causes and consequences of ethnic diversity and urbanization alongside other related issues in political demography and African politics. He is on the editorial boards of both Nations and Nationalism and the Journal of Modern African Studies, where he is Book Reviews Editor. Before joining ID Elliott completed degrees at Princeton University (BA) and the European Institute at the LSE (MSc).

Research interests and area of supervision

  1. Ethnic Conflict and Ethnic Politics 
  2. Political Demography
  3. Nationalism and National Identity 
  4. Decentralisation, Local Government and Federalism
  5. History and Politics of (East) Africa, especially Uganda

Selected recent publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2012? ‘Explaining African Ethnic Diversity;’ International Political Science Review: forthcoming
  • 2012? ‘The Reversal of Fortune Thesis Reconsidered,’ with Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay; Journal of Development Studies: forthcoming
  • 2012 ‘On the Size and Shape of African States;’ International Studies Quarterly: 56, 2 (June): forthcoming.
  • 2011 ‘Patronage as Institutional Choice: Evidence from Rwanda and Uganda;’ Comparative Politics 43, 4 (July): 421-438.
  • 2011 'The Political Economy of Nation Formation in Modern Tanzania: Explaining Stability in the Face of Diversity;' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 49, 2 (April): 223-244.
  • 2010 ‘Patronage, District Creation and Reform in Uganda;’ Studies in Comparative International Development 45, 1 (March): 83-103.
  • 2010 ‘Ethnicity and Nationhood in Pre-Colonial Africa: The Case of Buganda;’ Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 16, 1 (January): 1-21.
  • 2008 ‘Decentralization and Conflict in Uganda;’ Conflict, Security and Development 8, 4 (December): 427-450.
  • 2008 ‘Understanding the Limits to Ethnic Change: Evidence from Uganda’s "Lost Counties";’ Perspectives on Politics 6, 3 (September): 473-485.
  • 2007 ‘Demography, Diversity and Conflict in Contemporary Africa: Evidence from Uganda;’ Nations and Nationalism 13, 4 (October): 717-736.
  • 2006 ‘Ethnicity and the Politics of Land Tenure Reform in Central Uganda;’ Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 44, 3 (November): 370-388.

Editor-Reviewed Publications (Book Chapters, Comments, Debates, etc.)

  • 2012 'The Political Economy of Nation Formation in Modern Tanzania' in Nationalism and Conflict Management, edited by Eric Woods, Robert Schertzer and Eric Kaufmann (London: Routledge), forthcoming [Reprint of 2011 article with the same title]
  • 2011 'Demographic Change and Conflict in Contemporary Africa' in Political Demography: Identity, Conflict and Institutions, edited by Jack A. Goldstone, Eric Kaufmann and Monica Duffy Toft (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press), pp. 267-283.
  • 2009 'Debate on David Laitin's Nations, State and Violence;' Nations and Nationalism 15,  4 (October): 557-574 (with Michael Banton, Montserrat Guibernau and David Laitin). 

Working Papers

  • 2011 'Nation-Building and Conflict in Modern Africa,' with Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay; EOPP Discussion Paper #26, STICERD, LSE.
  • 2011 'Endogenous Ethnicity;' Political Science and Political Economy Working Paper ~3/11, Department of Government, LSE.
  • 2011 'Explaining African Ethnic Diversity;' Department of International Development Working paper ~122-11, LSE.
  • 2010 ‘On the Size and Shape of African States;’ Political Science and Political Economy Working Paper #4/10, Department of Government, LSE.
  • 2010 ‘The Reversal of Fortune Thesis Reconsidered;’ EOPP Discussion Paper #16, STICERD, LSE (with Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay [Department of Economics, LSE]).
  • 2010 ‘The Political Demography of Conflict in Modern Africa;’ DESTIN Working Paper #111, LSE
  • 2008 ‘District Creation and Decentralization in Uganda;’ Crisis States Research Centre Working Paper #24, LSE
  • 2005 ‘Ethnicity and the Politics of Land Tenure Reform in Central Uganda;’ DESTIN Working Paper #58, LSE
  • 2005 ‘What is an Ethnic Group? Political Economy, Constructivism and the Common Language Approach to Ethnicity;’ DESTIN Working Paper #57. LSE


  • German - fluent
  • French - basic

Contact details

  • Email: e.d.green@lse.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3632
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6844
  • Room: CON8.07, Connaught House