Dr. Brian Shoup

Co-Director

Brian Shoup is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and a research fellow at the MSU Social Science Research Center. He teaches courses and conducts research on intra-state conflict, ethnicity and politics, nationalism and politics, and public policy. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he received his PhD from Indiana University in 2007. He co-founded the Civic Life Lab in 2018 in order to study how political order can be sustained in the face of centrifugal forces that erode civic bonds. His research has appeared in such journals as Perspectives on Politics, Democratization, Journal of Democracy, and Journal of Labor Research. He is the author of Conflict and Cooperation in Multiethnic States (Routledge).