Daniel Ziblatt is Professor of Government at Harvard University and a Faculty Associate of Harvard's Center for European Studies. His research is in comparative politics and comparative historical analysis, focusing on democratization, state-building, federalism, and European politics. He is the author of Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy, Germany, and the Puzzle of Federalism, (Princeton University Press, 2006), awarded several prizes including the American Political Science Association's 2007 award for Best Book in European Politics. He is co-editor of a 2010 special double issue of Comparative Political Studies entitled "The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies" and is currently writing a book Conservative Political Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe, 1848-1950 that offers a new interpretation of the historical democratization of Europe. Recent and forthcoming papers appear in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Comparative Political Studies. His recent papers have received APSA's Luebbert Prize (2009) for best published comparative politics paper, APSA's Sage Prize (2008) for best comparative paper presented, and two article prizes from the Comparative Democratization Section of APSA (2010). Ziblatt has been visiting professor and fellow at the Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris, France), the Max Planck Institute (Cologne, Germany), and the University of Konstanz (Germany). In 2012-13, Ziblatt is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.