Prof. B.M. (Brian) Burgoon

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance
  • Visit address:
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: 3.29
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
    T:  0205253189
    T:  0205252262


Brian Burgoon is Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is also Academic Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the UvA. He received his PhD from MIT in 1998 and has been on the UvA faculty since 2001. His research focuses on the politics of economic globalization; of welfare and labor-market policies and standards; and of how economic conditions influence political violence. 

Burgoon Inaugural Address (June 6, 2013)

Current Position

  • Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the Dept. of Political Science, UvA.
  • Academic Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).
  • Member of AISSR Programme Group, Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV),
  • Member of Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). 
  • Member of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES).
  • Member and Co-Theme Leader (with Anton Hemerijck) of UvA-VU ACCESS Europe.  
  • Secretary and Treasurer (of Board of Directors), Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG)


  • PhD in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1998

Running Projects

  • International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) Database. Multi-university data-gathering project to code the form and stringency of immigration laws and policies across OECD countries since 1960.  Project partners are Harvard University, University of Luxembourg, London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Sydney.
  • Political Responses to Globalization Survey. Multi-country survey project focused on attitudes about trade,investment and immigration through matching surveys conducted among workers, business-owners, trade association and union representatives, and legislators.  The project's PI is Michael Hiscox (Harvard University).
  • Human Rights Promotion and Violent Conflict. Large-N and ethnographic-case study of how promotion of human rights in conflict situations affects the development and resolution of acute civil conflicts. With Ram Manikkalingam, Andrea Ruggeri and Willem Schudel. Funded by the Dutch National Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
  • European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times (ENLIGHTEN). EU Horizon 2020 project exploring the ways in which the EU’s modes of governance cope with hard times on short-term and long-term issues (UvA contributions led by Daniel Muegge). My contribution focuses on migration and youth unemployment.

Selected Publications

Selected unpublished papers


  • Kernmodule InternationaleBetrekkingen (Core Course on International Relations)
  • Methodology Clinic for PhD students (withAnnette Freyberg-Inan)
  • Political Economy of Conflict (with Andrea Ruggeri)
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Politics of Immigration (with Marcel van Egmond)
  • Politics of Globalization
  • Labor Institutions and Globalization (with Jelle Visser)
  • Gevolgen van Welvaartsstaten (Consequences of Welfare States) (with Robert van der Veen)
  • Onderzoeksmodule (BA Honoursprogramma)

Supplementary and Replication Material






  • B.M. Burgoon, C.J.W. Schudel & R. Manikkalingam (2011). Naming, Shaming and Peacemaking: Civil War and Media Coverage of Human Rights Violations. In Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal (Canada).
  • B. Lancee, B. Burgoon, G. Corneo, D. Horn, M. Medgyesi & H. van de Werfhorst (2011). Political and cultural impacts of inequality. In W. Salverda (Ed.), Inequalities' impacts (GINI State of the Art Review, 1) (pp. 133-140). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies, University of Amsterdam.
  • B.M. Burgoon & C.J.W. Schudel (2011). The Political Economy of Aid and Foreign Direct Investment. In Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal (Canada).
  • B. Burgoon & D. Raess (2011). Does the global economy mean more sweat? Trade, investment, migration and working hours in Europe. Socio-Economic Review, 9 (4), 699-727. doi: 10.1093/ser/mwr007
  • B.M. Burgoon (2011). Partisanship and Anti-globalization Packlash. In Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal (Canada).
  • B.M. Burgoon (2011). Inmmigration, Integration and Support for Government Redistribution in Europe. In Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, Ill).
  • B.M. Burgoon & M. Hiscox (2011). The strange politics of compensation: individual attitudes on trade adjustment assistance in the United States. In Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle Washington (USA).
  • B.M. Burgoon, C.J.W. Schudel, R. Manikkalingam & A. Ruggeri (2011). From Naming and Shaming to Negotiated Peace: Civil War and Media Coverage of Human Rights Violations. In Network of European Peace Scientist's Annual Conference, Amsterdam (NL).




  • M. Crock, M. Hiscox, M. Beine, B. Burgoon, E. Thielemann, J. Gest, P. McGovern, D. Ghezelbash, H. Rapoport & J. Schaper (2015). Law as an agent of social transformation: trends in the legal regulation of migration. In S. Castles, D. Ozkul & M. Arias Cubas (Eds.), Social transformation and migration: national and local experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia (Migration, diasporas and citizenship) (pp. 269-282). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • B. Burgoon, A. Ruggeri & R. Manikkalingam (2014). Human rights promotion, the media and peacemaking in Africa. In C.K.W. de Dreu (Ed.), Social conflict within and between groups (Current issues in social psychology) (pp. 131-150). London [etc.]: Psychology Press.


  • B. Burgoon, P. Demetriades & G. Underhill (2012). Bronnen en legitimiteit van financiële liberalisering. Res Publica, 54 (3), 391-394.
  • H. van de Werfhorst, I.G. Tóth, D. Horn, M. Medgyesi, N. Notten, C. Haas & B. Burgoon (2012). Political and cultural impacts of growing inequalities. (extern rapport). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies, University of Amsterdam.


  • B. Burgoon (2009). [Review of the book Containment: rebuilding a strategy against global terror]. Acta Politica, 44(2), 337-341.


Scientific position

  • B.M. Burgoon (period: 2011 till 2015). Member International Advisory Board - Review of International Political Economy.
  • B.M. Burgoon (period: 2011 till 2012). International Advisory Board - 'Review of International Political Economy'.
  • B.M. Burgoon (period: 2012 till ). Member of four-member Editorial Committee of 'Changing Welfare States' book series - Amsterdam University Press.
  • B.M. Burgoon, C.J.W. Schudel & A. Ruggeri (period: 2011 till 2012). Host and Co-organizer - Network of European Peace Scientists (Annual Meeting).
  • B.M. Burgoon (period: 2008 till 2009). Member Beste Dataset Award Committee - American Political Science Association.
  • B.M. Burgoon (period: 2009 till ). Secretary-Treasurer and Member of Board of Directors - Dialogue Advisory Group (Amsterdam / New York).

Scientific position

  • B.M. Burgoon & S. Meunier (2012). (Mede-) organisator. Special Issue "The Politics of Chinese FDI in Europe": Princeton (2012, November 1).
  • B.M. Burgoon (2012). Organisator. Workshop over Immigration and Welfare (als onderdeel van PEGGED project): Brussel (2012, June 1).
  • B.M. Burgoon & W. Jacoby (2012). (Mede)organisator. Special Issue "The Politics of Chinese FDI in Europe": Amsterdam (2012, June 1).
  • B.M. Burgoon & G.R.D. Underhill (2012). Legitimacy, Austerity, and Capital Market Integration. Research Workshop: Johns Hopkins University Bologna Centre, School of Advanced International Studies (2012, June 21 - 2012, June 22).
  • B.M. Burgoon, C.J.W. Schudel & A. Ruggeri (2011). Conference organizer European Peace Science Association. European Peace Science Association, Annual Conference June 2011: .

Keynote / Invited lecture

  • B.M. Burgoon (). Inequality and Anti-globalization Backlash. unknown, Columbia University Department of Political Science Invited Speaker Series.
  • B.M. Burgoon (). Chinese FDI and European Labor. unknown, Princeton University Department of Politics workshop on the European Politics of Chinese FDI.
  • B.M. Burgoon (2011, February 14). Immigration, Integration and Support for Government Redistribution in Europe. Juan March Institute, Madrid, CEACS Invited Speaker Series.

Journal editor

  • B.M. Burgoon (Ed.). (2009) ASSR Working Paper Series.
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  • Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG)
    Member Board of Directors, Project Mediator