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1991 University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D, Political Science
2004–present Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
2012– Director, Centre for Jewish Studies, University
Research Interests:Comparative Politics, Jewish History, Ethnic Politics, Political Economy
Grants and Fellowships (since 1995):
2006–2012 European Commission, EU Centre of Excellence, PI, 300,000 EUR.
2003–2006 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Individual Research Grant, $73,000, for project on Ethnic Voting in Interwar Europe (with Jason Wittenberg).
2004–2006 National Science Foundation, (USA) $123,000USD for project (with Jason Wittenberg),.“Majorities and Minorities: A New Look at Ethnonationalism and Electoral Extremism.”
2002–2003 National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, (USA) $40,000USD (with Jason Wittenberg), “Who Votes Extremist in Eastern Europe:? A New Look with New Data.”
2001 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellowship, Germany
1999–2000 Princeton University, Center of International Studies, Fellowship
1995–1996 Harvard University, Center for European Studies, James Bryant Conant Fellow in German and European Studies
PUBLICATIONS Back to top
Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order, editor (with Mark Lichbach), (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press), 1st ed. 2000, 2nd ed. 2005, 3rd ed.2009, 4th ed. 2013.
The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany 1945–1989, (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1997).
Articles and Book Chapters:
"The May Laws" in in Dan Diner ed, Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture, (Stuttgart: Mezler Verlag, forthcoming).
"Pogroms" in Dan Diner ed, Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture (with Jason Wittenberg), (Stuttgart: Mezler Verlag, forthcoming).
"Ulbricht’s and Honecker’s Volksstaat? The Common Economic History of Militarized Regimes," in Hartmut Berghoff and Ulta Balbier, Falling Behind or Catching Up? The East German Economy 1945–2010, (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
"Did Violence Contribute to Democratic Gradualism in the Eastern Europe? The Ambiguous Legacies of the Past," in Yitzhak Brudny and Evgeny Finkel eds., The Rise and Decline of Putin’s Russia, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).
"The Leninist Irony: Revolutionary Violence and Democratic Gradualism Revisited," (with Michael Bernhard) in Comparative Democratization Newsletter, forthcoming.
"Deadly Communities: Local Political Milieus and the Persecution of Jews in Occupied Poland," (with Jason Wittenberg), Comparative Political Studies, vol.44, no.5, May 2011, pp.259–283.
"1989 as a Lens for the Communist Past and Postcommunist Future," Contemporary European History, vol.18, no.3, 2009, pp.289–302.
"Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Interethnic Contact and Support for Illiberal Parties," (with Jason Wittenberg), Journal of Politics, vol.71, no.2, 2009, pp.414–428.
"What to Read on Transatlantic Relations," Foreign Affairs, August 10, 2009.
"Civil Society and the State" (with Simone Chambers), in Bonnie Honig and John Dryzek eds., Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
"Honecker.’s Revenge: The Enduring Legacy of German Unification in the 2005 Election,” (with Daniel Ziblatt), German Politics and Society, vol.24, no.1, 2006, pp.134–147. Reprinted in Eric Langenbacher ed., Launching the Grand Coalition: The 2005 Bundestag Elections and the Future of German Politics, New York: Berghahn Books, 2006, pp.136–149.
"As Europe Gets Larger Will it Disappear?" (with David Reilly), International Studies Review, vol.8, no.1, 2006, pp.140–153. Reprinted in Hilary Apel ed., The Expansion of Nato and the European Union, (Claremont: Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, 2006), pp.1–29.
"Regime Type and Diffusion in Comparative Politics Methodology" (with Stephen Hanson), Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol.38, no.1, 2005, pp.69–99 (short-listed for McMenemy Prize of Canadian Political Science Association).
"Post-Communist Spaces: A Political Geography Approach to Explaining Post-Communist Outcomes," in Grzegorz Ekiert and Stephen E. Hanson eds., Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp.153–185.
"Who Voted Communist? Reconsidering the Social Bases of Radicalism in Interwar Poland," (with Jason Wittenberg), Slavic Review , vol.63, no.1, 2003 (listed in Newsletter of European Politics Section of American Political Science Association as one of most influential articles written in European politics since 2000).
"Development in Eastern Europe," in Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, (Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science, 2001).
"Does Everyday Resistance Matter? Lessons from the German Dictatorships," in Laurence McFalls ed., German Monitor, no.54, 2001, pp.97–108.
"Globalization in One Country: East German Labor Between Moral Economy and Political Economy," in Christopher Candland and Rudra Sil eds.,Globalization and Labor, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
"Between Maastricht and Sarajevo: European Identities, Narratives, and Myths," (with Francis Beer) in Francis Beer, Meanings of War and Peace, (College Station, Texas: A&M University Press, 2001), pp.150–163.
"Is History Repeating Itself? The Political Economy of Eastern Europe in the Interwar and Postcommunist Eras," (with Stephen Hanson) in David Becker and Richard Sklar eds., International Capitalism and the Future of Development, (Westport CT: Praeger,1999).
"The Politics of National Reconciliation: Memory and Institutions in German-Czech Relations since 1989," Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol.3, no.2, 1997, pp.58–79.
"Weak Foundations under German Reconstruction,"Transitions, vol.2, no.2, January 1996, pp.34–64.
Work in Progress:
The Sources of Regime Type: Democracy, Communism, and Fascism in interwar Eastern Europe (book project).
Review of Anna K. Jarstad and Timothy S. Sisk eds. From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding, in Taiwan Journal of Democracy, vol. 5, no. 2, 2009.
Review of Jorge Dominguez and Anthony Jones, The Construction of Democracy: Lessons from Practice and Research in International Journal vol. 64, no. 3, 2009.
Review of Walter Laqueur, The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent,Globe and Mail, September 15, 2007.
Review of Andrei Markovits, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America, Globe and Mail, January 20, 2007.
Review of Aufbau und Krise der Planwirtschaft (The Construction and Crisis of the Planned Economy) by Dierk Hoffmann, in Slavic Review.
Review of Petr Kopecky and Cas Mudde, Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Post Communist Europe, in e-Extreme, vol. 5, no. 4, 2004.
Review of Die Grenzen Osteuropas: 1918, 1945, 1989.—Drei Versuche im Westen anzukommen (The Borders of East Europe: 1918, 1945, 1989.—Three Attempts to Enter the West) by Dieter Segert, in H-Habsburg, 2003.
Review of Can Democracy Survive in Russia? by Harry Eckstein et. al., in American Political Science Review vol.95, no. 1, March 2001, p.233.
Review of The Political Economy of German Unification, edited by Thomas Lange and J.R. Shackleton, Journal of Comparative Economics vol. 28, no. 3, September 2000, p. 632.
Review of The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925-1933, by William Brustein, in American Political Science Review, vol. 91, no. 2, 1997.
Review of The Stasi: The East German Intelligence and Security Service by David Childs and Richard Popplewell, in Europe-Asia Studies vol. 49, no. 8, 1997.
Review of After Socialism. What Comes Next? by Katherine Verdery, in Canadian Journal of Political Science vol. 30, no.3, 1997.
Review of The Revenge of the Past by Ronald Grigor Suny, in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 2, no. 4, 1995.
INVITED LECTURES (PAST THREE YEARS) Back to top
"Deadly Communities: Political Polarization and the Persecution of Jews in Occupied Poland." lecture given at Yale University (November 2008); Indiana University (November 2008); University of Ottawa (November 2009); McGill University (January 2010); University of California, San Diego (April 2009); Kiev Mohyla Academy (October 2010); University of Michigan (February 2010).
"1989 as a Mirror of the Communist Past and Post-Communist Future." lecture given at Stanford University (March 2009); and Princeton University January 2011.
"Interethnic Contact and the Rise Illiberal Parties." Oskar Jaszi Lectures given at Oberlin College, March 2009.
University of Toronto
University of Colorado
Journal Referee (past five years):
1991–present: American Political Science Association
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