Dr Carl Müller-Crepon

PhD, ETH Zurich


Carl Müller-Crepon is a Departmental Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Tutor at St Hilda’s College.

Before joining University of Oxford, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the International Conflict Research Group at ETH Zurich, where he earned his PhD in 2019. He has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University in 2017 and 2020. He holds a BA in Economics and a BA in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and an MA in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich.


Undergraduate tutoring:

  • Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Politics
  • International Relations Core Paper

Postgraduate Teaching:

  • International relations Research Design and Methods
  • IR Core Seminar (partial)


My research focuses on state building and its effects on local development and conflict, with a focus on twentieth century Africa. Furthermore, I work on ethnic politics in Africa, in particular analyzing patterns of ethnic electoral violence and favoritism. My ongoing work assess the reciprocal relationship between the geographies of ethnic identities and (sub-) national political borders.

To carry out my research, I use innovative computational methods to collect large, mostly geospatial datasets and derive new measures of state reach, colonial indirect rule, and ethnic geographies. My research has been published or is accepted in International Organization, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.


Carl Müller-Crepon, Philipp Hunziker and Lars-Erik Cederman (2020). Roads to Rule, Roads to Rebel: Relational State Capacity and Conflict in Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution, accepted for publication.

Carl Müller-Crepon (2020). Local Ethno-Political Polarization and Election Violence in Majoritarian vs. Proportional Systems. Journal of Peace Research, conditionally accepted for publication.

Carl Müller-Crepon, Yannick Pengl, and Nils-Christian Bormann (2020). Linking Ethnic Data from Africa (LEDA). Journal of Peace Research, accepted for publication.

Carl Müller-Crepon (2020). Continuity or Change? (In)direct Rule in British and French Colonial Africa. International Organization, First View.

Janina Beiser-McGrath, Carl Müller-Crepon, and Yannick Pengl (2020). Who Benefits? How Local Ethnic Demography Shapes Political Favoritism in Africa. British Journal of Political Science, First View.

Carl Müller-Crepon and Philipp Hunziker (2018). New spatial data on ethnicity: Introducing SIDE. Journal of Peace Research, 55(5), 687–698.