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Brian Min

Research Associate Professor


Research Associate Professor, Center for Political Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Fellow, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute


Ph.D. 2010 University of California, Los Angeles (Political Science)


Brian Min’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Brian Min’s Personal Website
Brian Min’s Google Scholar Profile



Brian Min studies the political economy of development, with a focus on the politics of energy, ethnic politics, and civil conflict. His current research asks: How do governments distribute basic public services when budget constraints necessitate their rationing? Using satellite imagery of nighttime lights and other high-resolution geo-coded data available across the entire globe and over time, he analyzes how political institutions affect the delivery of electricity to the poor. His other stream of research focuses on ethnic politics and conflict.


Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
7634 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Phone: 734–615–4708
Fax: 734–764–3522
Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Brian Min’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Brian Min’s Google Scholar Profile

Cederman, L.E., A. Wimmer, and B. Min, Why do ethnic groups rebel? New data and analysis. World politics, 2010. 62(01): p. 87.

Wimmer, A., L.E. Cederman, and B. Min, Ethnic politics and armed conflict: A configurational analysis of a new global data set. American sociological review, 2009. 74(2): p. 316.

Wimmer, A. and B.Min, The Location and Purpose of Wars Around the World: A New Global Dataset, 1816-2001. International Interactions, 2009. 35: p. 390-417.

Wimmer, A. and B. Min, From empire to nation-state: explaining wars in the modern world, 1816-2001.American sociological review, 2006. 71(6): p. 867.