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Last Name
United States
University of California, Santa Barbara
Secession, civil war, diplomatic recognition, rebel diplomacy, terrorism, maritime piracy, illicit trafficking, state failure
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About Me

Bridget L. Coggins is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie at the intersection of domestic conflict and international relations, including studies of secessionism, rebel diplomacy, civil war and terrorism, maritime piracy, and illicit trafficking. Coggins’ first book is Power Politics and State Formation in the 20th Century: The Dynamics of Recognition (Cambridge 2014). Her current work examines the international security consequences of state failure. Coggins scholarly work appears in Foreign Policy Magazine, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Global Security Studies, and at various university presses. Professor Coggins earned a PhD in political science at Ohio State University and a BA in international relations at the University of Minnesota. Coggins taught previously at Dartmouth College and was a 2013-14 International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in South Korea at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Recent Publications


Power Politics & State Formation in the 20th Century: The Dynamics of Recognition Cambridge University Press (March 2014, paperback April 2016)


“Failing and the Seven Seas? Somali Piracy in Global Perspective” Forthcoming in Journal of Global Security Studies, JoGSS

“Rebel Diplomacy: Violent Non-State Actors and the Strategic Use of Talk” in Rebel Governance in Civil War, Aronja, Ana, Nelson Kasfir, and Zachariah Mampilly, Eds. Cambridge University Press (October 2015)

“Does State Failure Cause Terrorism? An Empirical Analysis (1999-2008)”Journal of Conflict Resolution (March 2014), Online First; April 2015 59:3, pp. 455-483, In Print.

The Economics of State Emergence & Collapse” (For Economic Analysis of International Law, Eugene Kontorovich (Ed.)(Forthcoming 2016) with Ishita Kala


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Somalia, Northeast Asia

Research Areas

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