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Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
Born9 October 1971
Alma materUniversity of Oslo and University of Colorado
Known forinternational politics, peace research
AwardsHelen Dwight Reid Award, Regius Professor
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical Science
InstitutionsUniversity of Essex and Peace Research Institute Oslo
Doctoral advisorMichael D. Ward

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (born 9 October 1971 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian political scientist and a professor at the University of Essex, holding the title of Regius Professor. His main fields of research are on the topics of conflict, democratistation and non-violent mobilisation.

Education and career

Gleditsch holds a cand.mag. degree from the University of Oslo (1993), and a PhD in political science from the University of Colorado (1999). He was a researcher at the University of Glasgow and the University of California San Diego before moving on to Essex in 2005. Since 2003 he has also held a minor position at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and in 2007-2011 he received a major "Young Excellent Researcher" grant from the Research Council of Norway. In 2013, he received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council.

Gleditsch is one of the editors of Research and Politics (2015- ) and has previously been co-editor of the British Journal of Political Science (2010-2013). He is member of the editorial boards of several other academic journals.

He is a member of the board of the American Political Science Association (2016-2019) and has headed the Conflict Processes Section (2014-2016). He has held a number of positions in the International Studies Association, of which he was Vice President 2013–2014.


He has received several prizes and distinctions for his scientific work, including the Helen Dwight Reid Award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics in 2000.[1] He also received the Karl Deutsch award for young researchers within international politics and peace research, awarded by the International Studies Association in 2007.[2]

In 2017, Gleditsch was appointed as a Regius Professor[3] at the University of Essex, the only such appointment for a professor of political science.

Personal life

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch is the son of Kari Skrede and Nils Petter Gleditsch, and is married to Theodora-Ismene Gizelis.

Selected bibliography


  1. ^ Augustynowicz, Karolina (2000). "American Political Science Association Honors 19 People".
  2. ^ "Karl Deutsch Award". Retrieved 2024-01-21.
  3. ^ Peace researcher receives royal approval to become a regius professor, retrieved 2018-10-16.