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Meet New Council Member, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch,
University of Essex

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch is professor, Department of Government, University of Essex and research associate, Peace Research Institute Oslo. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado. His research interest includes conflict and cooperation, democratization, political geography, political methodology, and data development.

He is the author of Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with Lars-Erik Cederman and Halvard Buhaug), Spatial Regression Models (Sage 2008, with Michael D. Ward), All International Political is Local: The Diffusion of Conflict, Integration, and Democratization (University of Michigan Press, 2002), and articles in numerous journals including the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and World Politics.

His research has received several awards, including the 2014 Conflict Processes Section best book award, the 2012 Heinz I. Eulau best article award and the 2000 Helen Dwight Reid dissertation award from APSA, and the 2007 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association. He has received grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, European Research Council, National Science Foundation, and the Research Council of Norway.

Gleditsch is head of the APSA Conflict Processes Section 2014–2016 and chairs an APSA dissertation award committee for 2016. He has also been a vice-president of the International Studies Association (2014-5) and chaired its Committee on Professional Rights and Responsibilities (2014-6). He has served as co-editor for Research and Politics (2015-2016) and the British Journal of Political Science (2010-3) and is a member of several editorial boards.

Statement of Views
I have been a member of APSA since starting my PhD in 1995, and would consider it a privilege to serve on the council. If elected, I would focus on three issues. First, I am committed to working with the council to try to ensure that APSA represents the interests and reflects the diversity of its members. Second, as someone with strong links to US political science but not a US citizen or currently living in the US I feel very strongly about the internationalization of political science, and would like to see APSA strive towards increasing international collaboration in the discipline and participation in APSA activities. Third, I would work on the council for APSA to play an important role in upholding academic freedom and contribute to debates on science in public life.