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Inken von Borzyskowski

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Inken von Borzyskowski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University College London, having previously been at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the domestic politics of international relations with an emphasis on international organizations and their effect on domestic conflict and elections. Specifically, her research falls into three areas: international democracy assistance; the causes and consequences of election violence; and international organizations’ membership politics (withdrawals and suspensions).

In her book “The Credibility Challenge: How Democracy Aid Influences Election Violence”, published by Cornell University Press in 2019, Inken develops and tests a theory of how international organizations can influence election violence by changing election credibility. Furthermore, her research is published in International Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Review of International Organizations, and Cornell University Press.

Inken received her Ph.D. in International Relations, Methodology, and Comparative Politics at UW-Madison; she also spent a year at Duke University. Originally from Berlin, she received a Postdoctoral research fellowship and previously an M.A. at Freie Universität Berlin, and worked at the Berlin Social Science Center. She has 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).

Read more about Inken von Borzyskowski on her personal website and her UCL profile.

Contact: inken.vonborzyskowski [at]


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Publications by Inken von Borzyskowski

Inken von Borzyskowski | 2022

Peacemaking and Election Violence

in: Contemporary Peacemaking, pp.307-331

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Inken von Borzyskowski, Ursula Daxecker, Patrick M. Kuhn | 2021

Fear of campaign violence and support for democracy and autocracy

in: Conflict Management and Peace Science, Online First

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Inken von Borzyskowski, Mert Kartal | 2021

Democracy Assistance by International Organizations

in: Selzter, Nicholas/Wilson, Steven (eds.), Handbook on Democracy and Security, Edward Elgar Publishing [Forthcoming]

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Inken von Borzyskowski, Michael Wahman | 2021

Systematic Measurement Error in Election Violence Data: Causes and Consequences

in: British Journal of Political Science, 51:1, 230-252.

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Inken von Borzyskowski, Patrick M. Kuhn | 2020

Dangerously informed: Voter information and pre-electoral violence in Africa

in: Journal of Peace Research, 57:1, 15-29.

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Inken von Borzyskowski | 2019

The Risks of Election Observation: International Condemnation and Post-Election Violence

in: International Studies Quarterly, 63:3, 654–667

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Inken von Borzyskowski | 2019

The Credibility Challenge: How Democracy Aid Influences Election Violence

Cornell University Press

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Inken von Borzyskowski, Felicity Vabulas | 2019

Credible Commitments? Explaining IGO Suspensions to Sanction Political Backsliding

in: International Studies Quarterly, 63:1, 139–152

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Inken von Borzyskowski | 2016

Resisting democracy assistance: Who seeks and receives technical election assistance?

in: Review of International Organizations, 11:2, 247-282

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