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Kirstin Brathwaite

Kirstin  Brathwaite
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room S352
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825


Professor Brathwaite earned an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queens University, Belfast and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in international relations and is interested in questions of nationalism, identity and military conflict.

Her current research focuses on soldiers' motivation in combat as well as civil-military relations during counterinsurgency conflicts. She teaches a broad range of courses, including Introduction to World Politics, International Security, Crisis Negotiation Through Simulation, and Popular Culture in International Politics.



Kirstin Brathwaite has a guest post in the international blog, "Duck of Minerva:" Excluding Women from the Band of Brothers: the False Flag of Small Unit Cohesion


Brathwaite, Kirstin. ““Russia’s Urban Warfare Predictably Struggles: Fighting in cities is hard for any military.” With Margarita Konaev, in Foreign Policy, April 4, 2022.


Brathwaite, Kirstin. “U.S. Officials are Talking about Urban Warfare. Here’s What Urban Warfare Really Involves,” with Margarita Konaev, in the Monkey Cage, Washington Post, June 4 2020.

Brathwaite, Kirstin. "War in the City: Ethnic Geography and Combat Effectiveness” with Margarita Konaev, Journal of Strategic Studies, published online October 2019.

Website: https://kirstinbrathwaite.wordpress.com/