Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

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dr. U. (Ursula) Daxecker

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B8.08
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205252953

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where I am a member of the research group Political Economy and Transnational Governance. My research interests focus on international and intrastate conflict. My current research projects on electoral violence and maritime piracy are funded by a Veni grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), a Career Integration Grant from the European Commission's Marie Curie Actions, and the Minerva Research Initiative. 

Please visit my Research section for more information on publications and work in progress. I also have a personal website.


Daxecker, Ursula E. 2015. “ Dirty Hands: Government Torture and Terrorism.” Forthcoming in Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Bader, Julia and Ursula E. Daxecker. 2015. “ A Chinese Resource Curse: The Human Rights Effects of Oil Export Dependence on China versus the United States.” Forthcoming in Journal of Peace Research.

Daxecker, Ursula E. and Brandon C. Prins. 2015. “ Enforcing Order: Territorial Reach and Maritime Piracy.” Forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Daxecker, Ursula E. and Brandon C. Prins. 2015. “ Searching for Sanctuary: Government Power and the Location of Piracy.” Forthcoming in International Interactions. [Blog post at Political Violence at a Glance

Daxecker, Ursula E. and Brandon C. Prins. 2015. “The New Barbary Wars: Forecasting Maritime Piracy.” Foreign Policy Analysis 11(1): 23-44.

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2014. “All Quiet on Election Day? International Election Observation and Incentives for Pre-Election Violence in African Elections.” Electoral Studies 34: 232-243. [Featured in Foreign Policy]

Daxecker, Ursula E. and Brandon C. Prins. 2013. “ Insurgents of the Sea: Institutional and Economic Opportunities for Maritime Piracy.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 57(6): 940-965.

Daxecker, Ursula E. and Michael L. Hess. 2013. “ Repression Hurts: Coercive Government Strategies and the Demise of Terrorist Groups.” British Journal of Political Science 43(3): 559-577.

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2012. “ The Cost of Exposing Cheating: International Election Monitoring, Fraud, and Post-Election Violence in Africa.” Journal of Peace Research 49(4): 503-516.

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2011. “ Rivals, Instability, and the Probability of International Conflict.” Conflict Management and Peace Science 28(5): 529 - 551. 

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2011. “ Shocks, Commitment, and the Risk of Civil War.” International Interactions 37(1): 29-55. 

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2009. “ Opposition Movements, Liberalization, and Civil War: Evidence from Algeria and Chile.” Civil Wars 11.3 (September), 234-254 .  

Prins, Brandon C. and Ursula E. Daxecker. 2008. “ Committed to Peace? Liberal Institutions and the Termination of Rivalry.” British Journal of Political Science, 38.1 (January), 17-34.

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2007. “ Perilous Polities? An Assessment of the Democratization-Conflict Linkage.European Journal of International Relations 13.4 (December), 527-553.


Daxecker, Ursula E. and Gerald Schneider. 2014. “ Electoral Observers: The Implications of Multiple Monitors for Electoral Integrity.” In Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez I Coma (Eds.): Advancing Electoral Integrity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 73-94.


Prins, Brandon C., Ursula E. Daxecker, and Amanda Sanford. 2014. “Terror on the Seas: Assessing the Threat of Modern Day Piracy.” The SAIS Review

Daxecker, Ursula E. 2008. “ Governance, Democratization, and Armed Conflict.” Peacebuild Emerging Issues Project. Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network. 


“The Micro Dynamics of Election Protest and Violence.” With Andrea Ruggeri and Jessica Di Salvatore. 

“Piracy as a Rebel Group Funding Strategy.” With Brandon Prins.

“Electoral Contention and Violence (ECAV): Introducing a New Dataset on Election Violence.” With Elio Amicarelli.

"Elections and Maritime Piracy.” With Brandon Prins.

“What Happens in Elections Stays in Elections? Omitted Variable Bias in Research on Elections and Political Violence.” 

“Wiener Blut: A Micro-Level Analysis of the Austrian Civil War in 1934.” 


  • Daxecker, U. (2017). Dirty hands: Government torture and terrorism. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 61(6), 1261-1289. DOI: 10.1177/0022002715603766  [details] 
  • Daxecker, U., & Prins, B. C. (in press). Financing Rebellion: Using Piracy to Explain and Predict Conflict Intensity in Africa and Southeast Asia. Journal of Peace Research.
  • Prins, B. C., & Daxecker, U. (in press). Maritime piracy and foreign policy. In Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis.



  • Bader, J., & Daxecker, U. (2015). A Chinese resource curse? The human rights effects of oil export dependence on China versus the United States. Journal of Peace Research, 52(6), 774-790. DOI: 10.1177/0022343315593332  [details] 
  • Daxecker, U. E., & Prins, B. C. (2015). Searching for sanctuary: government power and the location of maritime piracy. International Interactions, 41(4), 699-717. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2015.1016159  [details] 
  • Daxecker, U. E., & Prins, B. C. (2015). The New Barbary Wars: Forecasting Maritime Piracy. Foreign Policy Analysis, 11(1), 23-44. DOI: 10.1111/fpa.12014  [details] 
  • Daxecker, U., & Prins, B. C. (2015). Enforcing order: Territorial reach and maritime piracy. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 34(4), 359-379. DOI: 10.1177/0738894215594756  [details] 


  • Daxecker, U. E. (2014). All quiet on election day? International election observation and incentives for pre-election violence in African elections. Electoral Studies, 34, 232-243. DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2013.11.006  [details] 


  • Prins, B. C. (Author), Daxecker, U. (Author), & Sanford, A. (Author). (2014). Terror on the seas: assessing the threat of modern day piracy. Washington: The SAIS Review of International Affairs. [details] 
  • Daxecker, U., & Schneider, G. (2014). Election monitoring: the implications of multiple monitors for electoral integrity. In P. Norris, R. W. Frank, & F. Martínez i Coma (Eds.), Advancing electoral integrity (pp. 73-93). New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368709.003.0005  [details] 


  • Di Salvatore, J. (2017). Peacekeepers against ethnic and criminal violence: Unintended consequences of UN peacekeeping [details] 
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