Dr Carl Müller-Crepon

Dr Carl Müller-Crepon

Assistant Professor

Department of Government

Room No
CBG 3.28
Office Hours
Wednesday 10.00am -12:00pm
Connect with me

English, German
Key Expertise
Conflict, State Building, Ethnicity, Political Geography

About me

Carl Müller-Crepon's research focuses on state building and its effects on local development and conflict, in particular in Africa. His most recent work explores the reciprocal relationship between ethnic geographies and (sub-)national political borders in Africa and Europe since the 19th century. Until August 2022, Carl was a Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was a PostDoc at the International Conflict Research Group at ETH Zurich and a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Throughout, Carl innovates and uses computational methods to collect and analyse large, mostly geospatial datasets. His work has been published in International Organization, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Science Research and Methods.

Research interests

  • State-building and its effects on development and conflict
  • Political ethnicity and civil wars
  • Nation-state formation
  • Political geography of borders
  • Geographic data analysis and machine learning

Selected publications

  • Müller-Crepon, Carl, Yannick Pengl & Nils-Christian Bormann (2022). Matching Ethnic Groups in Africa. Journal of Peace Research, 59(3) 425–435.
  • Müller-Crepon, Carl (2022). Local Ethno-Political Polarization and Election Violence in Majoritarian vs. Proportional Systems. Journal of Peace Research: 59(2), 242–258.
  • Müller-Crepon, Carl (2021). State Reach and Development in Africa since the 1960s: New Data and Analysis. Political Science Research and Methods: Online First.
  • Müller-Crepon, Carl, Philipp Hunziker & Lars-Erik Cederman (2021). Roads to Rule, Roads to Rebellion: Relational State Capacity and Conflict in Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 65(2-3), 563-590.
  • Müller-Crepon, Carl (2020). Continuity or Change: (In)direct rule in British and French Colonial Africa. International Organization, 74(4), 707–741.

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV4G4 Comparative Conflict Analysis