Dr Nils-Christian Bormann

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Nils-Christian Bormann



I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government. My research centers on the the causes and consequences of ethnic power sharing and civil wars. Specifically, I investigate why political elites in ethnically divided societies decide to cooperate rather than to fight one another, how economic inequality between ethnic groups develops over time, and what effects international intervention has on the stability of ethnic power sharing. You can learn more about me on my personal website:


  • PhD ETH Zurich, (2014)


University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/9/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Politics, University of Exeter (1/9/2015 - 31/8/2019)

  • Visiting Professor of International Political Studies, Witten/Herdecke University (1/10/2017 - 30/9/2018)


Journal articles (10)

Bormann, N-C., (2019). Uncertainty, Cleavages, and Ethnic Coalitions. The Journal of Politics. 81 (2), 471-486

Bolleyer, N., von Nostitz, F-C. and Bormann, N-C., (2019). Judicial decision-making within political parties: A political approach. Party Politics. 25 (5), 724-735

Bormann, NC., Cederman, LE., Gates, S., Graham, BAT., Hug, S., Strøm, KW. and Wucherpfennig, J., (2019). Power Sharing: Institutions, Behavior, and Peace. American Journal of Political Science. 63 (1), 84-100

Bormann, N-C. and Savun, B., (2018). Reputation, concessions, and territorial civil war. Journal of Peace Research. 55 (5), 671-686

Bormann, N-C., Cederman, L-E. and Vogt, M., (2017). Language, Religion, and Ethnic Civil War. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 61 (4), 744-771

Bormann, NC. and Winzen, T., (2016). The Contingent Diffusion of Parliamentary Oversight Institutions in the European Union. European Journal of Political Research. 55 (3), 589-608

Bormann, N-C. and Hammond, J., (2016). A Slippery Slope: The Domestic Diffusion of Ethnic Civil War. International Studies Quarterly. 60 (4), 587-598

Vogt, M., Bormann, N-C., Rüegger, S., Cederman, L-E., Hunziker, P. and Girardin, L., (2015). Integrating Data on Ethnicity, Geography, and Conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 59 (7), 1327-1342

Cederman, L-E., Weidmann, NB. and Bormann, N-C., (2015). Triangulating horizontal inequality. Journal of Peace Research. 52 (6), 806-821

Bormann, N-C. and Golder, M., (2013). Democratic Electoral Systems around the world, 1946–2011. Electoral Studies. 32 (2), 360-369

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