Alex Braithwaite

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Associate Professor of International Relations


Social Sciences 314B

Office Hours: 

Thursdays 2-4pm


2006: PhD in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University

2002: MA in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University

1999: BA in War Studies & History, King's College London

Research Interests: 

Alex Braithwaite's teaching and research focuses upon the causes and geography of violent and nonviolent political conflict - including terrorism, protests, riots, civil war, and international wars. He has published two dozen articles and book chapters, including at Journal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political ScienceInternational Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Research. He also published a book, Conflict Hotspots: Emergence, Causes, and Consequences, with Ashgate in July 2010. These publications collectively demonstrate that incidents of violent political conflict cluster in space and time, that openings in political opportunity structures encourage the contagion of violence between groups and across national borders, and that terrorist groups commonly exploit so-called spoiler opportunities in an attempt to derail plans for peace. This research has been supported by small and large grants from the Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (UK), the Economic & Social Science Research Council (UK), the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy, Apple Inc., and the Airey Neave Trust.

Selected Publications: 

Baudains, Peter, Shane Johnson, & Alex Maves Braithwaite. (n.d.) ‘Geographic Patterns of Diffusion in the 2011 London Riots.’ Forthcoming at Applied Geography.

Braithwaite, Alex, Jeffrey Kucik, & Jessica Maves. (2014). ‘The Costs of Domestic Political Unrest.’ Forthcoming at International Studies Quarterly.

Braithwaite, Alex (2013). ‘The Logic of Public Fear in Terrorism and Counter-terrorism.’ Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology 28(2): 95-101.

Kyle Joyce & Alex Braithwaite (2013). ‘Geographic Proximity and Third Party Joiners in Militarized Interstate Disputes.’ Journal of Peace Research 50(5): 595-608.

Gibler, Douglas M. & Alex Braithwaite (2013). ‘Dangerous Neighbours, Regional Territorial Conflict, and the Democratic Peace.’ British Journal of Political Science 43(4): 877-887.

Foster, Dennis M., Alex Braithwaite, & David A. Sobek (2013). ‘There Can Be No Compromise: Institu- tional Inclusiveness, Fractionalization, and Domestic Terrorism.’ British Journal of Political Science 43(3): 541-557.

Maves, Jessica & Alex Braithwaite (2013). ‘Autocratic Regimes and Civil Conflict Contagion.’ Journal of Politics 75(2): 479-490.

Baudains, Peter, Alex Braithwaite, & Shane Johnson. (2013) ‘Target Choice during Extreme Events: A Discrete Spatial Choice Model of the 2011 London Riots.’ Criminology 51(2): 251-285.

Baudains, Peter, Alex Braithwaite, & Shane Johnson. (2013). ‘Spatial Patterns in the 2011 London Riots.’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice 7(1): 21-31.

Braithwaite, Alex & Shane D. Johnson (2012). ‘Space-Time Modeling of Insurgency and Counterinsur- gency in Iraq.’ Journal of Quantitative Criminology 28(1): 31-48.

Braithwaite, Alex & Douglas Lemke (2011). ‘Unpacking Escalation.’ Conflict Management and Peace Science 28(2): 111-123.

Braithwaite, Alex (2010). Conflict Hotspots: Emergence, Causes, and Consequences. (London: Ashgate).

Braithwaite, Alex, Dennis M. Foster, & David A. Sobek (2010). ‘Ballots, Bargains, and Bombs: Terrorist Targeting of Spoiler Opportunities.’ International Interactions 36(3): 294-305.

Braithwaite, Alex (2010). ‘Resisting Infection: How State Capacity Conditions Conflict Contagion.’ Journal of Peace Research 47(3): 311-319.

Braithwaite, Alex (2010). ‘MIDLOC: Introducing the Militarized Interstate Dispute (MID) Location Dataset.’ Journal of Peace Research 47(1): 91-98.

Johnson, Shane D. & Alex Braithwaite (2009). ‘Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Insurgency in Iraq’ in J. Freilich & G. Newman (eds.), ‘Countering Terrorism through SCP.Õ Crime Prevention Studies 25: 9-32

Braithwaite, Alex & Quan Li (2007). ‘Transnational Terrorism Hot Spots: Identification and Impact Evaluation.’ Conflict Management and Peace Science 24(4): 281-296.

Braithwaite, Alex (2006). ‘The Geographic Spread of International Conflicts.’ Journal of Peace Research 43(5): 507-522.

Braithwaite, Alex (2005). ‘Location, Location, Location...Identifying Conflict Hot Spots.’ International Interactions 31(4): 251-272.

Sobek, David M. & Alex Braithwaite (2005) ‘Victim of Success: American Dominance and International Terrorism.’ Conflict Management and Peace Science 22(2): 135-148.

Courses Taught: 

POL 414: Contagion & Diffusion in World Politics (Fall 2013)

POL 596E: International Relations Proseminar (Fall 2013)


Gartzke, Erik & Alex Braithwaite. ‘Power, Parity and Proximity: How Distance and Uncertainty Con- dition the Balance of Power.’ 

Alex Braithwaite, Niheer Dasandi, & David Hudson. ‘Does Poverty Cause Civil Conflict? Isolating the Causal Origins of the Conflict Trap.’ 

Braithwaite, Alex. ‘Territorial Terrorism: An Unintended Consequence of A Military Footprint.’ 

Braithwaite, Alex, Jeffrey Kucik, & Jessica Maves. ‘The Contagion of Nonviolent Conflict.’ 

Braithwaite, Alex & Shane D. Johnson. ‘A Space-Time Model of the Battle for Baghdad.’