Holger Albrecht

Dr. Holger Albrecht



  • Dr. rer. soz.,Tuebingen University, 2008
  • MA (Magister Artium), Tuebingen University, 2001

Research Areas

  • Comparative Politics


Office Hours

By appointment.

Research Interests

  •  Civil-Military Relations
  • Authoritarianism and Regime Change
  • Middle East Politics
  • Violent Domestic Conflict

Teaching Interests

  • Middle East Politics
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Islamist Movements & Terrorism
  • Authoritarianism
  • Research Design

Selected Publications

  • Albrecht, Holger. 2022. “Saints and Warriors: Strategic Choice in Rebel Recruitment in the Syrian Civil War,” Civil Wars, online first.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Markus Loewe. 2022. “States or Social Networks? Popular Attitudes amid Health Crises in the Middle East and North Africa,” International Political Science Review, online first.
  • Albrecht, Holger, Michael Bufano, and Kevin Koehler. 2022. “Role Model or Role Expansion? Popular Perceptions of the Military in Tunisia,” Political Research Quarterly 75(2): 321-337.
  • Koehler, Kevin, Sharan Grewal, and Holger Albrecht. 2022. “Who Fakes Support for the Military? Experimental Evidence from Tunisia,” Democratization 29(6): 1055-1076.
  • Albrecht, Holger, Kevin Koehler, Devorah Manekin and Ora Szekely. 2022. “Militaries, Militias, and Violence,” In The Political Science of the Middle East: Theory and Research Since the Arab Uprisings, eds. Marc Lynch, Jillian Schwedler and Sean Yom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 108-131.
  • Albrecht. Holger, Kevin Koehler, and Austin Schutz. 2021. “Coup Agency and Prospects for Democracy,” International Studies Quarterly 65(4): 1052-1063.
  • Albrecht, Holger, Dina Bishara, Michael Bufano, and Kevin Koehler. 2021. “Popular Support for Military Intervention and Anti-Establishment Alternatives in Tunisia: Appraising Outsider Eclecticism,” Mediterranean Politics, online first.
  • Koehler, Kevin and Holger Albrecht. 2021. “Revolutions and the Military: Endgame Coups, Instability, and Prospects for Democracy,” Armed Forces & Society 47(1): 148-176.
  • Albrecht, Holger. 2020. “Diversionary Peace: International Peacekeeping and Domestic Civil-Military Relations,” International Peacekeeping 27(4): 586-616.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Kevin Koehler. 2020. “Revolutionary Mass Uprisings in Authoritarian Regimes,” International Area Studies Review 23(3): 135-159.
  • Albrecht, Holger. 2019. “Military Insubordination in Popular Mass Uprisings,” Political Science Quarterly 134(2): 303-328.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Ferdinand Eibl. 2018. “How to Keep Officers in the Barracks? Causes, Agents, and Types of Military Coups,” International Studies Quarterly 62(2): 315-328.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Kevin Koehler. 2018. “Going on the Run: What Drives Military Desertion in Civil War?” Security Studies 27(2): 179-203.
  • Albrecht, Holger, Aurel Croissant and Fred Lawson, eds. 2016. Military Engagement in Mobilizing Societies: Armies and Insurgencies in the Arab Spring, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Koehler, Kevin, Dorothy Ohl and Holger Albrecht. 2016. “From Disaffection to Desertion: How Networks Facilitate Military Insubordination in Civil Conflict,” Comparative Politics 48(4): 439-457.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Dorothy Ohl. 2016. “Exit, Resistance, Loyalty: Military Behavior during Unrest in Authoritarian Regimes,” Perspectives on Politics 14(1): 38-52.
  • Albrecht, Holger. 2015. “The Myth of Coup-proofing: Risk and Instances of Military Coups d’état in the Middle East and North Africa, 1950-2013,” Armed Forces & Society 41(4): 659-687.
  • Albrecht, Holger. 2015. “Does Coup-Proofing Work? Political-Military Relations in Authoritarian Regimes amid the Arab Uprisings,” Mediterranean Politics 20(1): 36-54.
  • Albrecht, Holger. 2013. Raging against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.