Erica De Bruin
I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, where I study international security and civil-military relations. I am particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of military coups, connections between different forms of political violence, and determinants of civilian support for armed groups.
I received a PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University in 2014, and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University. 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.
Work in progress
State Security Forces Dataset
A dataset of militarized police, republican guards, interior troops, and state-run militia
The State Security Forces Data Set includes information on the command, composition, deployment, and strength of over 250 security forces in developing states. It was collected to test arguments about the effectiveness of "counterbalancing" the military with militarized police, national guards, militias, or other independent security forces as a coup-prevention strategy, but may also be of use in studies of civil war, military effectiveness, repression, and state-building.
Thus far, I have drawn upon over 1,200 primary and secondary sources to conduct an initial wave of data collection in 65 countries. The sources include academic works on military institutions and civil-military relations in each state, historical news sources, annual defense publications, government websites, and reports from non-governmental organizations. A selected bibliography can be found here.
A second round of data collection will begin this fall with the support of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation. For more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses taught at Hamilton
Senior Seminar: Conflict and Violence, Spring 2017
International Relations, Fall 2014, Spring 2019
Honors Thesis, Fall 2016
Civil War, Fall 2015
U.S. Foreign Policy, Fall 2015
International Security, Spring 2015
Civil-Military Relations, Spring 2015