• Welcome!

    I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, where my work focuses on civil-military relations and civil war. My research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Foreign Affairs online, and has been supported the National Science Foundation.


    I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University in 2014, and a BA from Columbia University in 2004. I worked previously as a Research Associate in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Law at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Research Associate in the Fellows Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.


    At Hamilton, I teach courses in international relations, including international security, civil-military relations, civil war, and U.S. foreign policy. I also organize the Women in Political Science lecture series.


    I am currently working on a book manuscript, How to Prevent Coups d’état: Coercive Institutions and Regime Survival (under contract, Cornell University Press), as well as a new, NSF-funded project on the determinants of Civilian Support for Criminal and Political Armed Groups.


    Contact information

    Erica De Bruin

    Assistant Professor of Government

    Hamilton College

    198 College Hill Road

    Clinton, NY 13323


    Office: Kirner-Johnson Room 120

    (315) 859-4526