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Bill Kissane

Visiting Scholar 2023-2024 (Spring 2024)

Residency Dates: January 1, 2024 – June 28, 2024


Bill Kissane

Bill Kissane is an associate professor in politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He received his BA and MA from Trinity College Dublin and MSc and Ph.D. from LSE.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Kissane will work on a comparative study of regime formation in Finland, Ireland, Spain, and Turkey. He will study these countries, who are on the periphery of Europe, at highly nationalistic stages in each country's history when regime consolidation and isolation took place. His focus will be on investigating what makes the periphery distinct in terms of its relationship to liberalism, the influence of long-term narratives of national greatness and decline, and the role of religion in the making for national identities.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor of Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Visiting Scholar 2023-2024, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Civilization versus liberalism on the European periphery


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Civil War

Select Publications

Kissane, Bill. Nations Torn Asunder: The Challenge of Civil War. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Kissane, Bill, editor. After Civil War: Division, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Contemporary Europe. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. JSTOR, Accessed 11 July 2023.

Kissane, Bill. New Beginnings: Constitutionalism and Democracy in Modern Ireland. University College Dublin Press, 2011.