Department of Political Science


Dr Manuel Vogt

Manuel Vogt

Dr Manuel Vogt

Lecturer in International Security


I am a Lecturer in International Security in the Department of Politics, School of Public Policy, at University College London (UCL). I'm also an affiliated researcher in the R4D project “Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile States,” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). I received my Ph.D. in political science from ETH Zürich and was subsequently a visiting postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. Previously, I spent two months as a visiting researcher at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador, and two terms as an Amity Institute intern at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Please visit my personal website (www.manuelvogt.org) for more information.


My research and teaching interests stand at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with a particular focus on contentious politics in developing countries. I am most interested in four broad related topics: political extremism and radicalization, the consequences of state repression, inequality and violence in multiethnic states, as well as the impact of elite networks on political order in developing countries. My research is informed by both quantitative and qualitative methods and draws on profound regional expertise acquired, above all, through field research in both Latin America (Guatemala, Ecuador) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon), in the course of which I conducted over 150 in-depth interviews with key social and political actors.


2018. “Ethnic Stratification and the Equilibrium of Inequality: Ethnic Conflict in Post-colonial States.” International Organization 72(01): 105-137.

2017. "Dynamics and Logics of Civil War " (with Lars-Erik Cederman). Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(9): 1992-2016.

2017. "Language, Religion, and Ethnic Civil War" (with Nils-Christian Bormann and Lars-Erik Cederman). Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(4): 744–771.

2016. “A New Dawn? Indigenous Movements and Ethnic Inclusion in Latin America.” International Studies Quarterly 60(4): 790-801.

2016. “Escaping the Resource Curse: How Power-sharing Prevents Ethnic Conflict over Resource Wealth in Africa.” In Toyin Falola and Jamaine Abidogun (eds.): Issues in African Political Economies. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

2016. “Democracy, Ethnic Exclusion, and Civil Conflict: The Arab Spring Revolutions from a Global Comparative Perspective” (with Nils-Christian Bormann and Lars-Erik Cederman). In David A. Backer, Ravi Bhavnani, and Paul Huth (eds.): Peace and Conflict 2016. London, UK: Routledge.

2015. “The Disarticulated Movement: Barriers to Maya Mobilization in Post-Conflict Guatemala.” Latin American Politics and Society 57(1): 29-50.

2015. "Integrating Data on Ethnicity, Geography, and Conflict: The Ethnic Power Relations Data Set Family" (with Nils-Christian Bormann, Seraina Rüegger, Lars-Erik Cederman, Philipp Hunziker, and Luc Girardin). Journal of Conflict Resolution 59 (7): 1327-1342.

2013. “Staat und Volk – was sonst?“ [The State and the People – and What Else?] (with Frank Schimmelfennig). In: Hanspeter Kriesi and Lars Müller (eds.): Herausforderung Demokratie. Zürich: NCCR Democracy und Lars Müller Publishers, 152-181.