Dr Bill Kissane

Dr Bill Kissane

Associate Professor (Reader) in Politics

Department of Government

Room No
CBG 3.39
Office Hours
Tuesdays 14:30 - 16:10
Connect with me

English, Turkish
Key Expertise
Civil War, Comparative Constitutionalism, Democratization, Ireland, Turkey

About me

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


Nations Torn Asunder: the Challenge of Civil War
(Oxford University Press, February 2016)

What makes the contemporary challenge civil war poses 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? 'Nations Torn Asunder' focuses on the explosion of civil wars since 1945 and the huge devastation they have caused, and 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.