Adlai Stevenson Professor of International Politics


Ph.D., University of Chicago

Field of Specialty

Comparative politics; Ethnic politics; Balkan politics; Ethnic conflict and conflict management.

Contact Information

Olin-Sang American Civilization Center 108

Steven L. Burg

Works to promote inclusive governance through the international NGO Council for Inclusive Governance, for which he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Directs the Brandeis University Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism.


Burg, Steven L.. "Identity, Grievances, and Popular Mobilization for Independence in Catalonia." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (2015): 289-312.

Burg, Steven L.. "Analytical Intelligence and Bosnia Policymaking in the Clinton Administration." The Role of Intelligence in Ending the War in Bosnia in 1995. Ed. Timothy Walton. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. . 67-87.

Burg, Steven L.. "Analytical Intelligence and Bosnia Policymaking in the Clinton Administration." Conference on Intelligence and the Transition from War to Peace: A Multidiciplinary Assessment of Recently Declassified Documents on the CIA and Bosnia in the 1990s, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.. March 19, 2014.

Burg, Steven L.. Conflict and Cohesion in Socialist Yugoslavia. Princeton Legacy Library Reprint ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Burg, Steven L.. "Intervention in Internal Conflict: Lessons from Bosnia and Kosovo." From Mediation to Nation-Building: Third Parties and The Management of Communal Conflict. Ed. William J. Lahneman and Joseph R. Rudolph, Jr.. Lexington Books, 2013. 273-302.

Burg, Steven L./Lachen T. Chernyha. "Asymmetric Devolution and Ethnoregionalism in Spain: Mass Preferences and the Microfoundations of Instability." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 19. 3 (2013): 255-286.

Burg, Steven L.. "Identity and Political Behavior in a Multilayered State: Activated Identity and the Politics of Devolution in the Spanish ‘State of Autonomies’." 19th International Conference of Europeanists, Boston, MA. 2012.

Burg, Steven L.. "Popular Protest and the Future of Putin’s Russia." World Affairs Council. Naples, FL. January 23, 2012.

Burg, Steven L./Lachen T. Chernyha. "Accounting for the Effects of Identity on Political Behavior: Descent, Strength of Attachment, and Preferences in the Regions of Spain." Comparative Political Studies 45. 6 (2012): 774-803.

Burg, Steven L. and Lachen T. Chernyha. "Descent, Constitutive Norms, and Preferences: Accounting for the Effects of Identity on Political Behavior in the Regions of Spain." The New England Political Science Association, Newport, RI. April 23, 2010.

Burg, Steven L./Lachen T. Chernyha. "Devolution and Democracy: Identity, preferences and voting in the Spanish State of Autonomies [Substantially revised , with new methodology]." Identity Politics Working Group, Center for International Studies, MIT. November 5, 2008.

Burg, Steven L./Lachen T. Chernyha. "Devolution and Democracy: Identity, preferences and voting in the Spanish `State of Autonomies,." Conference on Rethinking Ethnicity and Ethnic Strife: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Central European University, Budapest. September 25-27, 2008.

Burg, Steven L.. The Balkans in Europe: Challenges in Integrating Multiethnic States. Project on Ethnic Relations. Princeton: 2008.

Burg, Steven L.. "NGOs and Ethnic Conflict: Lessons from the Work of the Project on Ethnic." Negotiation Journal 23. 1 (2007): 7-33.

Burg,Steven, with Paul S. Shoup. The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

Burg,Steven (principal author), Barnett Rubin, ed. Comprehensive Peace in Southeast Europe: Conflict Prevention in the South Balkans. The report of the South Balkans Working Group. The Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1996.

Burg,Steven. War or Peace?: Nationalism, Democracy and American Foreign Policy in Post-Communist Europe. New York: New York University Press, 1996.

Courses Taught

POL 127a Ending Deadly Conflict
POL 127b Seminar: Managing Ethnic Conflict
POL 129a East European Politics
POL 151a Seminar: Cultural Pluralism and Democratic Governance
POL 171b National Intelligence: Theory, Practice, and Cinematic
POL 176a Seminar: International Intervention
POL 214b Graduate Seminar: Selected Topics in World Politics