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Daniel Krcmaric

Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Duke University
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): Conflict; crime; the role of leaders in international politics

Program Area(s): International Relations; Comparative Politics

Subfield Specialties: Conflict Studies; International Organizations and International Law


Dan Krcmaric is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. His research addresses conflict, crime, and the role of leaders in international politics. Krcmaric's book, The Justice Dilemma: Leaders and Exile in an Era of Accountability, was published by Cornell University Press in 2020. Using both statistical analyses and case studies, the book highlights the difficult trade-offs associated with prosecuting heads of state for atrocity crimes.

Krcmaric's articles have been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, and Security Studies. For current information, please see his personal website.

Select Publications

  • The Justice Dilemma: Leaders and Exile in an Era of Accountability. 2020. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs).
  • "Studying Leaders and Elites: The Personal Biography Approach." 2020. Annual Review of Political Science. 23: 133-151 (with Steve Nelson and Andrew Roberts).
  • "Information, Secrecy, and Civilian Targeting." 2019. International Studies Quarterly 63 (2): 322-333.
  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Leaders, Exile, and the Dilemmas of International Justice." 2018. American Journal of Political Science 62 (2): 486-498.
  • "Varieties of Civil War and Mass Killing: Reassessing the Relationship between Guerrilla Warfare and Civilian Victimization." 2018. Journal of Peace Research 55 (1): 18-31.
  • "Dictators in Exile: Explaining the Destinations of Ex-Rulers." 2017. Journal of Politics 79 (2): 560-575 (with Abel Escriba-Folch).
  • "Who Democratizes? Western-Educated Leaders and Regime Transitions." 2017. Journal of Conflict Resolution 61 (3): 671-701 (with Thomas Gift).
  • "Refugee Flows, Ethnic Power Relations, and the Spread of Conflict." 2014. Security Studies  23 (1): 182-216.
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