• Welcome!

    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 and Journal of Conflict Resolution, and I have also written for Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and Political Violence @ a Glance.


    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.


    My book, How to Prevent Coups d’état: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival, will be published by Cornell University Press this year. I am currently working on a new, NSF-funded project on the determinants of Civilian Support for Criminal and Political Armed Groups.


    At Hamilton, I serve as the Director of the Justice and Security Program at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, and organize the Women in Political Science lecture series. I teach courses on international security, civil-military relations, civil war, and U.S. foreign policy.


    Contact information

    Erica De Bruin

    Assistant Professor of Government

    Hamilton College

    198 College Hill Road

    Clinton, NY 13323


    Office: Kirner-Johnson Room 120

    Office phone: (315) 859-4526

    Email: edebruin@hamilton.edu

    Twitter: @esdebruin