Department of Political Science


Dr Inken von Borzyskowski

Associate Professor in Global Policy & International Relations
2.06 29/30 Tavistock Sq.
Email: i.Borzyskowski@ucl.ac.uk 

I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at University College London, having previously been at Florida State University. I received my Ph.D. in International Relations, Methodology, and Comparative Politics at UW-Madison; I also spent a year at Duke. I am originally from Berlin where I received a Postdoctoral research fellowship and previously an M.A. at Free University Berlin, and worked at the Social Science Research Center. I have been a research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C., and a consultant at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).


My research focuses on the domestic politics of international relations with an emphasis on international organizations and their effect on domestic conflict and elections. Specifically, my research falls into three areas: international democracy assistance; the causes and consequences of election violence; and international organizations’ membership politics (withdrawals and suspensions). In my book, I develop and test a theory of how international organizations can influence election violence by changing election credibility. My research is published or forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Review of International Organizations, and Cornell University Press.



  • The Credibility Challenge: How Democracy Aid Influences Election Violence. 2019. Cornell University Press. [link to Cornell] [Flyer 30% off


  • “Dangerously Informed: Voter Information and Pre-Electoral Violence in Africa,” with Patrick Kuhn. 2020. Journal of Peace Research 57 (1): 15–29.  [link] [pdf]
  • “The Risks of Election Observation: International Condemnation and Post-Election Violence.” 2019. International Studies Quarterly 63 (3): 654-667.  [link] [pdf]
  • “Systematic Measurement Error in Election Violence Data: Causes and Consequences,” with Michael Wahman. 2019. British Journal of Political Science[link] [pdf]
  • “Hello, Goodbye: When do States Withdraw from International Organizations?” with Felicity Vabulas. 2019. Review of International Organizations 14 (2): 335–366.  [link] [pdf]
  •              * Winner of the APSA Best Article Award of the International Collaboration Section
  • “Credible Commitments? Explaining IGO Suspensions to Sanction Political Backsliding,” with Felicity Vabulas. 2019. International Studies Quarterly 63 (1): 139-152.  [link] [pdf]
  • “Resisting Democracy Assistance: Who Seeks and Receives Technical Election Assistance?” 2016. Review of International Organizations 11 (2): 247-282. [link] [pdf]

For more publications, see http://www.borzyskowski.net/research/

  • I teach International Public Policy and Global Public Policy.
  • I am interested in supervising students who work on international organizations and political violence, especially with quantitative methods.