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Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University  and director of the "Transformations of Democracy" group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He specializes in the study of Europe and the history of democracy. His three books include How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky), a New York Times best-seller, translated into twenty two languages. He is also the author of Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an account of Europe's historical democratization, which won several prizes including the American Sociological Association's Barrington Moore Prize and the American Political Science Association's 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations.  His first book was an analysis of 19th century state building, Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton, 2006 [2008]). Ziblatt has been a visiting scholar at Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich), Sciences Po (Paris), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), the Max Planck Institute (Cologne), Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was the 2019 recipient of the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. 


Daniel Ziblatt

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
27 Kirkland St 
Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138



Current Positions:

Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University, 2018-

Director, Transformations of Democracy Group, Berlin Social Science Center (Wissenchaftszentrum Berlin, WZB), 2020-Present


Past Positions:

Director, Acting, Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 2019 and 2014

Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2011-

Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2009-2010

Associate Professor of Government and Social Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2007-2009

Assistant Professor of Government and Social Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2003-2007


University of California, Berkeley, PhD, Department of Political Science, December 2002

Pomona College, Claremont, CA , Bachelor of Arts, Double Major: German Studies and Politics, Magna Cum Laude, May 1995



2019. Goldsmith Book Prize, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Best Non-fiction book of the year (for co-authored How Democracies Die (2018)

2018. NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis. Best non-fiction book published in 2018, German Public Radio (for co-authored book Wie Demokratien Sterben (2018)

2018. Woodrow Wilson Award, Best book published in the United States on government, politics or international affairs, American Political Science Association (for Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy)

2018. Barrington Moore Prize, American Sociological Association, Best Book Award, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section (for Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy)

2018. Comparative Democratization Book Prize, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association, Best Book Award, (for Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy)

2018. European Politics and Society Book Prize, European Politics and Society Section, American Political Science Association, Best Book Award (for Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy)

2011. Mary Parker Follett Prize, Best Paper Published in 2010. Politics and History Section of APSA [For Co-authored Paper: “The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies”]

2010. Comparative Democratization Section Prize Best Paper Published in 2009. Comparative Democratization Section of American Political Science Association (APSA) [For Paper: “Shaping Democratic Practice and the Causes of Electoral Fraud”]

2010. Comparative Democratization Prize, Best Paper presented at the APSA Annual Meeting on Democratization, Comparative Democratization Section of American Political Science Association, [For Paper: “The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies”]

2009. Co-Winner of Gregory Luebbert Prize, Best Paper published in Comparative Politics in 2008, Comparative Politics Section of American Political Science Association [For Paper: “Does Landholding Inequality Block Democratization?”]

2008. Sage Best Paper Prize, Best Paper Presented in Comparative Politics, Comparative Politics Section at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association [For Paper: “Rural Inequality and Electoral Authoritarianism”]

2007. Co-Winner, Best Book on European Politics Prize Published in 2006, Presented by the Organized Section on European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association

2004. Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics American Political Science Association

2003. Ernst Haas Award for Best Dissertation in European Politics, American Political Science Association




2018. How Democracies Die (with Steve Levitsky) (New York: Crown/Penguin Random House).

*New York Times Best Seller/Newsweek 50 Best book of the Year/New York Times’ editor’s choice/Spiegel Best Seller; Translated into 22 languages

2017. Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

*Four Prizes (see above): American Sociological Association & American Political Science Association (2018)

2006. Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton: Princeton University Press) [Paperback Edition, 2008]

*Best Book Prize, European Politics and Society Section, APSA (2007)


Edited Volumes

2017. “The Causes and Consequences of the Secret Ballot,” Comparative Political Studies (Guest Co-editor with Jan Teorell)

2010. “The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies.” Special issue of Comparative Political Studies (Guest Co-editor with Giovanni Capoccia), August/September Double Issue.


Refereed Journal Articles

2022, "How Voters Respond to Presidential Assaults on Checks and Balances: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Turkey" (with Alper Yagci and Muharrem Aytug Sasmaz) Comparative Political Studies 

2021, "Capital Meets Democracy: The Impact of Franchise Extension on Sovereign Bond Markets."  (with Aditya Dasgupta) American Journal of Political Science 


2020. "Authoritarian-led Democratization" with Rachel Riedl, Dan Slater, and Joseph Wong), Annual Review of Political Science 23 ( 1-18.

2019. "Introducing the Historical Varieties of Democracy Dataset: Political Institutions in the Long Nineteenth Century" with Carl Henrik Knutsen, Jan Teorell, Tore Wig, Agnes Cornell, John Gerring, et al). Journal of Peace Research 56 (3) (

2019. "Center-Right Political Parties in Advanced Democracies" (with Noam Gidron), Annual the Review of Political Science 22: 17-35

2018. “How do Voters Perceive Changes to the Rules of the Game? Evidence from the 2014 Hungarian elections” (with John Ahlquist, Nahomi Ichino, and Jason Wittenberg), Journal of Comparative Economics.

2017. “The Causes and Consequences of the Secret Ballot”(with Jan Teorell and Fabrice Lehoucq), Comparative Political Studies

2015. “How did Britain Democratize: Views from the Sovereign Bond Market” (with Aditya Dasgupta) Journal of Economic History 75 (1): 1-29.

2013. “The Enduring Indispensability of the Controlled Comparison” (with Dan Slater) Comparative Political Studies 46 (10): 1301-1327

2013. “Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe One Hundred Years On” (with Grzegorz Ekiert) East European Politics and Society 27 (1): 90-127

2011 “An Institutional Theory of Direct and Indirect Rule” (with John Gerring et al.) World Politics 63 (3): 77-433.

2010. “The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies: a New Research Agenda for Europe and beyond” (with Giovanni Capoccia) Comparative Political Studies 43 (8-9): 931-968

2009. “Shaping Democratic Practice and the Causes of Electoral Fraud: The Case of Nineteenth Century Germany” American Political Science Review 103 (1): 1-21.

2009. “Gli Usa della storia in politica comparata” [“The Uses of History in Comparative Politics”] Quaderni di scienza politica 3

2008. “Does Landholding Inequality Block Democratization? A Test of the ‘Bread and Democracy’ Thesis and the Case of Prussia” World Politics, 60 (3): 610-641.

2008. “Why Some Cities Provide More Public Goods Than Others: A Subnational Comparison of German Cities in 1912” Studies in Comparative International Development 43 (3/4): Fall/Winter.

2008. “A More Efficient and Accountable Polity? An Analysis of the Consequences of Germany’s 2006 Constitutional Reform” (with Philip Manow and Simone Burkhart) German Politics 17 (4) November.

2006. “How Did Europe Democratize?” World Politics 58 (2): 311-338.

2006. “Il Perché dell’Assenza di Federalismo in Italia: Una Prospettiva Storica Comparata” (“Why is there no Federalism in Italy? A Comparative Historical Perspective”) Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, n 2 (August).

2006. “Does Decentralization Make Government More Efficient and Effective?” (With Conor O’Dwyer) Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 44 (3).

2006. “Honecker's Revenge: The Enduring Legacy of German Unification in the 2005 Election" (With Jeffrey Kopstein) German Politics and Society 24 (1).

2004. “Rethinking Federalism’s Origins: Puzzle, Theory, and Evidence from Nineteenth Century Europe” World Politics 57 (October): 70-98.

2002. “Recasting German Federalism? The New Politics of Fiscal Decentralization in Post-Unification Germany” Politische Vierteljahresschrift 43: 4 (December).

1998. “The Adaptation of Ex-Communist Parties to Post-Communist East Central Europe: A Comparative Study of the Hungarian and East German Ex-Communist Parties,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 31: 2 (June).

1998. “Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again: Communism’s Collapse and the Reconstruction of the East German Ex-Communist Party” German Politics and Society 16: 1 (Spring).


Book Chapters and Book Reviews


2022.  "Der wirksame Staat. Was uns die Corona-Pandemie über die Widerstandsfähigkeit von Demokratien sagt" Zur Zukunft der Demokratie: 36 Perspektiven. Edited by Steinmeier, Frank-Walter. München:  Siedler.

2018. “The Power and Limits of Federalism (with Emilia Simison) in Claude Menard and Mary Shirley (eds), A Research Agenda for New Institutional Economics (Edward Elger Publishers).

2018. “Reluctant Democrats: Old Regime Conservative Parties in Democracy’s First Wave in Europe” in James Loxton and Scott Mainwaring (eds.) Life After Dictatorship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

2015. “The Composite Nature of Modern Statehood” (with Philip Manow) in Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State (edited by Stephan Liebfried et al), Oxford University Press

2013. "The European Union Between Federalism and Centralization: State-Building Lessons from the Nineteenth Century" in Peterson and Nadler (eds). The Global Debt Crisis: Haunting U.S. and European Union Federalism (Brookings Institution Press)

2013. Why Do We Still Read Barrington Moore? Reflections on the Survival of an Intellectual Icon” APSA-CD: Comparative Democratization Newsletter

2006. “Of Course Generalize, But How? Returning to Middle Range Theory in Comparative Politics” (Forum on Middle Range Theory) American Political Science Association-Comparative Politics Newsletter, Vol. 17, No. 2.

2006. “Angie! Angie! The Transformation of German Politics After Merkel’s Election” in Aus(sen)sichten der DAAD-Wahlbeobachter im September 2005" (Berlin: German Academic Exchange Service).

2002. “Doomed to be Radicals? Organization, Ideology, and Communist Successor Parties in Post-Communist East Central Europe” (with Nick Biziouras) in Andras Bozoki and John Ishiyama (eds.) The Communist Successor Parties in Central and Eastern Europe (New York: ME Sharpe, Inc).

2001. “Aussenpolitik Albaniens” (with Grigore Pop-Eleches) in Juergen Bellers/Thorsten Benner/Ines Miriam Gerke (eds) Handbuch der Aussenpolitik (Muenchen: Oldenbourg.

1999. “The Ideological Metamorphsis of Former Communist Parties: Lessons from East Central Europe” in John Ishiyama (ed.) Communist Successor Parties in Comparative Perspective (New York: Nova Press).

[Based on the Communist and Postcommunist Studies journal article from above]

2006. Herbert Obinger et al. (eds) Federalism and the Welfare State in Perspectives on Politics, Volume 4).

2006. Kathleen O’Neill, Decentralizing the State: Elections, Parties, and Local Power in the Andes. In Perspectives on Politics, Volume 4.

2005. Jonathan Rodden and Gunnar Eskeland (eds), Fiscal Decentralization and the Challenge of Hard Budget Constraints. In Governance, v. 18 n 3 (2005).

1998. Charles Maier, Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany. In APSA-Comparative Politics Section Newsletter (1998), American Political Science Association, Washington DC.

1998. Gero Neugebauer and Richard Stoess, Die PDS. Geschichte, Organisation, Waehler, Konkurrenten, Opladen: Leske und Budrich in German Politics and Society 15: 2 (1998).


Papers in Progress

“Capital Meets Democracy: The Rise of Representative Institutions, Suffrage Expansion, and Sovereign Bond Markets” (with Aditya Dasgupta)

“Electoral Misconduct and Democratic Stability: Voting in Imperial and Weimar Germany” (with Volha Charnysh)





2018-Present. Challenges to Democracy Lecture Series (co-organized with Steve Levitsky), Weatherhead Center, Harvard University

2014-Present, “History and Politics,” Annual Phd student conference, co-organized with Carles Boix, Isabela Mares, David Stasavage, and Steven Wilkinson.

2013. “The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Fraud” (Workshop co-organized with Jan Teorell, Lund University, Sweden), Held at Harvard University

2013. “Crisis of Westminster Systems?” (Workshop co-organized with Arthur Spirling), Harvard University

2010-2013, “History, Institutions, and Politics Worshop” (co-organized with Dan Carpenter, Peter Hall, Theda Skocpol, and Kathleen Thelen), Harvard University.

2010. The Origins of Democratic Institutions in Europe (co-organized with Jonathan Rodden, Stanford University and Carles Boix, Princeton University), held at Stanford University, January, 2010.

2008. “The Challenges and Dilemmas of Democratization: Lessons from Europe” Center for European Studies, Harvard University (co-organized with Prof. Giovanni Capoccia, Oxford University), in Preparation for Special Issue of Journal, October 3-4, 2008.


2008. “Graduate Student Retreat” Society for Comparative Research, Harvard University (co-organized with Professor Philip Gorski, Yale University), May, 2008.


2008 “New Frontiers in Comparative Politics: External Speaker Series,” Harvard University (co-organized with Professor Peter Hall and Kathleen Thelen), September 2008-Present.




Karl Deutsch Visiting Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Funded through March 31, 2020)


Berlin Prize, American Academy of Berlin, August-December 2019


Visiting Professor of History, Bavarian Institute of History, University of Munich, Summer 2018.


Fernand Braudel Senior Visiting Fellow, European University Institute (Summer 2017)


Suzanne Young Murray Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, July 2015-June 2016.


Visiting Professor, Center for Advanced Study, University of Munich, June 2015


Professeur Invite, Sciences Po (Max Po), Paris, France, May 2014.


Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2012-2013.


Professeur Invité, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, May 2010.





2021. 26 Invited Lectures: Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MA (January); Sonoma West, Sebastopol, CA (January) Robert Bosch Foundation, Berlin, Germany (January); National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA  (February); Brandeis University (February) Brookings Institution, Washington DC (February); Webster University, St. Louis, MO (February); The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden (March); Social Social Research Council & George Washington University, Washington DC (May); Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany (May); German Bundestag, Berlin, Germany (May); World Affairs Council of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (May); Cultural Society of Thessaloniki, Athens, Greece (May); German Federal Institute of Political Education, Germany (May); The Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin, Germany (June); German Marshall Fund, Berlin Germany (June); University of Zurich, Switzerland (June); American Council on Germany (Washington DC) (July); Volkswagen Foundation, Symposium, Germany (July); Justice and Community Adovcates, Los Angeles CA (August); University of Kaiserlauetern, Germany (August); Aspen Strategy Group, Washington DC (October); Adolf Bender Center, Saarlandpfalz-Kreiss, Germany (November); George Tayloe Ross Address, William and Mary College  (November)


2020. 11 Invited Lectures Adams Institute Amsterdam (January), Future of Democracy Forum, The President's Office, Federal Republic of Germany [Berlin], (June) Claremont McKenna College (September), Dallas Democratic Forum (September) Atlantik Bruecke (October), Niemann Foundation (October), German Economic Forum, Die Zeit (November), Marie Curie Alumni Association (November), Brown University (November), Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins (November), John Adams Institute, Amsterdam (November), Kenyon College, USA (November), Arizona State University (November).

2019. 10 Invited Lectures Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins (January), Institute of Lifetime Learning (January), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (February), Pomona College (February), The Sara Cogan Endowed Lecture, Portland State University (February), Reed College (February), Friedrich Naumman Foundation (March), Holy Cross College (March), Stanford University (April), Testimony to Canadian Parliament (May).

2018. 21 Invited Lectures The Donald S. Bernstein Lecture, Princeton University (April); Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (January); Brooklyn Historical Society (January); University of Lisbon, Portugal (February); Pennsylvania State University, McCourtney Institute (March); Ash Institute, Harvard (March); Brookings Institution (April); Edward Kennedy Institute (May 2018), Yale University (May), Johns Hopkins University, Political Science (May), Harvard Law School (May), Bavarian History Institute, Germany (June), Cornell University (September), University of Birmingham (October), Suffolk University (October), San Francisco World Affairs Council (November), Columbia University (November), Dickinson College (November), University of Frankfurt, Germany (December), German Foreign Ministry (December), German Marshall Fund, Germany (December),


2017. University of California, Irvine, Harry Eckstein Memorial Lecture (March); Georgetown University, University of Florida (Spring); Yale University (Spring/Fall);


2016. University of Toronto, (April 22); Brandeis University (April 17); Institute of Political Economy and Governance (Barcelona, Spain, March 15); State and Capitalism Since 1800 Seminar (Harvard University, April 8)


2015: Center for Advanced Studies, University of Munich, (June 11); University of Michigan (May); University of Notre Dame (March) University of Arizona State University (March)


2014. Sciences Po, Max Po, Sciences Po, Paris, France (June); University of British Columbia, Department of Political Science, Vancouver, Canada (April).


2013. Aarhus University, Department of Political Science, Aarhus, Denmark (June); Lund University, Department of Political Science, Lund, Sweden (June); Cambridge University Press, Comparative Politics Series, Book Workshop, U Washington; Stanford University Comparative Politics Workshop, Department of Political Science; Juan March Institute, (Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones) Madrid Spain; Joint Degree Program in Social Science and Social Policy, Princeton University; University of California, Berkeley, Comparative Politics Workshop; Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University


2012. Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture, University of Washington, (November); Yale University, Comparative Politics Workshop, Department of Political Science


2011. George Washington University, Department of Political Science; Partito Democratico, Rome Italy,


2010. The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies, Oxford University; “Three Lectures” École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, (May); Department of Politics, New York University, New York (March)


2009. Watson Institute Brown University, Providence, RI, (October); Oxford University, Nuffield College, United Kingdom, (February).


2008. Princeton University, Department of Politics, November 20, 2008; Stanford University, Department of Political Science, November 4, 2008; Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Pennsylvania State University, State College, May 2008; Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, May 2008; Department of Government, Smith College, April 2008; Department of Political Science, Tufts University, March; Department of Political Science, University of Florida, February 2008


2007. Department of Political Science, St Gallen University, St. Gallen, Switzerland, November 2007’ Department of Political Science, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, October; Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy, March; Department of Social Science, University of Milan, Milan Italy, March; Department of Political Science, Columbia University, January


2006. Department of Political Science, Duke University, November; Institute for European Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, November; University of Pennsylvania, October; Duitsland Institut, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany; European Union Center, Scripps College, Claremont CA, March; Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, October.


Before 2006. Yale University, Comparative Politics Workshop, New Haven, January 2005; George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, November 2004 Center for European Studies, Brigham Young University, October 2004.





CO-PI, Grant for Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions (with Jan Teorell, Svend-Erik Skaaning, John Gerring, and Agnes Cornell, and Carl-Henrik Knutsen), Swedish Research Council (6 Million Swedish Kroner), Grant to Harvard University: $95,000 (2015-2018).

Challenges to Democracy, Weatherhead Cluster Grant, Harvard University, (with Steven Levitsky), Three-year grant to support undergraduate/graduate training and research ($150,000)


Director and Founder, “Politics Through Time” Research Group, Harvard University, September 2011-Present (, Funded by Harvard FAS: $200,000


PI, Weatherhead Grant for the Study of Russian and German Electoral History, Weatherhead Center, 2014: $25,000


Graduate Seminar in General Education Grant, Harvard University. Grant for design and development of new General Education Course (to be Taught, Fall 2011) at Harvard University on “Political Corruption.” (with Professor Jim Alt), April 2010.


Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen, Grant Towards the Etablishment of an International Study Group Project Title: “Democracy and Democratization in Europe” (With Giovanni Capoccia, Oxford University) (EUR 5,000)


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Grant, Three Year Research Fellowship, December 2005-Present (EUR, 27,000): Invited Researcher Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne Germany (2006) and in the Department of Political Science, Konstanz University, Konstanz, Germany (Hosted by Professor Philip Manow)


Smith Richard Foundation, Junior Faculty Research Grant, “Securing Democracy: Between Reform and Concession and the Lessons of Democratization in Nineteenth Century Europe,” October 2005 ($60,000).


DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Election Observer Trip (German Federal Elections, DAAD Wahlbeobachterreise), September 8-19, 2005 (Selected as single American as part of an international group of eighteen political scientists and historians)


Provost's Instructional Technology Content Fund, Harvard University, for the Creation of Research Web-pages for Undergraduate Education on the European Union ($3,000), January 2005.


Clarke Cook Fellowship, Harvard University, September 2003-May 2005.


National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Full financial support of graduate education (Tuition, books living expenses, travel, language training, methodology training) 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2000-2001


Social Science Research Council. Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Dissertation Research Fellowship, Milan, Italy and Berlin, Germany, September 1999-August 2000.


Center for German and European Studies. UC Berkeley, Pre-Dissertation Summer Fellowship, Summer 1999.


Nominated for Westview Press Price. Best Graduate Student Paper, Midwest Political Science Association Convention, April 1998.


Fulbright/DAAD Fellowship. Post-Baccalaureate Program, Berlin, Germany. Fall 1995-Summer 1996.


Pomona College Scholar. Highest Academic Award Granted to an Undergraduate, 1990-1995.


Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, Pomona College, May 1995.


John Vieg Award in Politics. Awarded to the Top Graduating Student in the Department of Politics, Claremont, CA, May 1995.


Yale B. Griffith Award in Modern Language. Summer Research Grant, Berlin Germany, May-August, 1994


Edward Sait Prize in Politics. Awarded to the Top First-year Student in the Department of Politics, Claremont, CA, May 1992.





Annual APSA Meeting, Discussant, Presentation and Chair, 2009-Present


Annual Conference of European Studies, Discussant and Paper Presentation, 2009-Present


2008. “The Causes of Electoral Fraud” Paper Presentation (and Panel Organization) Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, October 2008, Miami, Florida.


2008, “Rural Inequality and Electoral Authoritarianism” (Paper Presentation,), Discussant for Panel on Clientelism and Panel on “Legacies in Comparative Politics” American Political Science Association Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, September 2008


2008, “The Causes of Electoral Fraud, Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill. April 2008


2008, “Ungoverned Spaces” Panel Discussant, International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, March 2008


2008, “The Causes of Electoral Fraud” Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Conference, Chicago, Ill. (March 2008)


2007, “Why Some Cities Provide More Public Goods Than Others,” “Rural Inequality and Electoral Authoritarianism” and “Revisiting the Qualitative Classics” Roundtable, American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, August 2007, Chicago, Ill.


2006. “Comparative Historical Analysis and German Politics,” German Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA, September 30, 2006.


2006. Discussant, “Religion and the Welfare State, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany, April 2006


2006. “Comparative Historical Approaches to the Study of State-Building and Regimes” Conference of Europeanists, Council of European Studies, Chicago Ill., March 2006


2005. “The Federal-Unitary Divide in Europe” Panel, American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 2005


2005. “The Shadow of the European Union: Party Politics and State Capacity in Southern and Eastern Europe Compared” European Union Studies Association, Austin, TX, March 2005


2005. (with Conor O’Dwyer), “Does Decentralization Make Government More Efficient?” Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago Ill. April 2005.


2004. Discussant and Chair, Panel: “Notions of Legitimacy in Law, Politics, and the Use of Force,” March International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2004


2004. Discussant and Chair, Panel: “Geo-politics, Territoriality and Space in the EU” Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, Ill. March 2004


2003. “Rethinking Federalism’s Origins: Strategic State-Building and the Making of Multitiered Political Systems” European Consortium for Political Research, Marburg, Germany, September 18-21, 2003.


2003. “Does Decentralization Make Government More Efficient and Effective?” Annual meeting, American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 28-30, 2003.


2002. “Rethinking How Federal Polities Are Constructed: Lessons from the 19th Century for European Union Integration,” Annual Meeting, American Political Science Association, August 28-31, 2002 Boston, Massachusetts


2002. “Recasting German Federalism: The New Politics of Fiscal Decentralization in Post-Unification Germany,” Council on European Studies, April 2002, Chicago Ill.


2001. “Just How Powerful Are Ideas? The Failed Push for Fiscal Decentralization and the Persistence of Germany’s Federal System,” Panel: The Politics of Decentralization, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA., August 30-September 2001.


2001. “How Culture Matters: The Role of Culture in Contemporary Social Change in Germany, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley CA, April 19-April 21, 2001.


2000. “Regionalismus, Föderalismus, und Institutionelle Wandlung in Deutschland waehrend der 90er Jahre,” Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Berlin, Germany, June 7, 2000.


1998. “Still a Divided Electorate? Explaining the East German Vote in the 1998 Federal Elections” Berkeley-Stanford Program for Post-Soviet Studies, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 27, 1998.


1998. “Postmortem on the German Elections: Roundtable Discussion on Germany’s Political Future,” Center for German and European Studies, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 28, 1998.


1998. “How the Former Communist Parties Transformed Themselves into Electoral Parties,” Panel: Communist Successor Parties in Comparative Perspective, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association. Chicago Ill. April 23, 1998




  1. Chair, Senior Search Committee, Department of Government

  2. Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Department of Government

  3. Interim Director, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

  4. Search Committee, Middle East Politics Senior Search, Department of Government

  5. Faculty Council, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

  6. Chair, Search Committee, Assistant Professorship, Department of Government

2010-Present Weatherhead Dissertation Funding Selection Committee

  1. Junior Faculty Forum, with Dean of Social Sciences

  2. Search Committee, International Relations, Department of Government, Harvard University

  3. Faculty Coordinator, Workshop for Doctoral Students in European Politics and Society, Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

  4. Coordinator, Social Studies Junior Tutorial Program

  5. Search Committee, Africa/Comparative Politics, Department of Government-Social Studies.

2004- Steering Committee, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

2003-04 Search Committee, African/Comparative Politics, Department of Government/Social Studies.

2003- Standing Committee, Social Studies Committee, Harvard University

  1. Chair, “Issues in Comparative Historical Research Study Group,” Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

  2. Chair, German Study Group, Center for European Studies.




Editorial Board Service: German Politics and Society (2008-Present); World Politics; Comparative Political Studies


2017. European Politics and Society Section, Best Book Prize Committee, APSA


2017. Gabriel Almond Dissertation Prize Committee, APSA


2015. Chair, David Greenstone Prize, Best Book Prize Committee, Politics and History Section, APSA


2010. Juan Linz Prize Committee, Best Dissertation for Comparative Democratization Section, APSA


2010. Sage Prize Committee Member, Best Paper presented in Comparative, APSA


2008. Chair, European Politics and Society Best Book Prize Committee, APSA, 2008.


2006. Member, Sage Prize Committee, APSA, Qualitative Methods Division, Summer 2006


2005-Member, Executive Committee, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, American Political Science Association.


Reviewer: American Political Science Review, German Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Party Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, American Sociological Review, Journal of Politics


1998- Member, American Political Science Association

1998- Member, Council of European Studies

1998- German Studies Association



Fluent: German

Limited Proficiency: Italian and French





Teaching Fields

Comparative Politics, East and West European Politics, European Political Development



“The Politics of Europe” (Harvard)

“Political Corruption” (Harvard)

“Sophomore Tutorial: Democracy” (Harvard)

“Contemporary Theories of Political Economy (UC Berkeley)

“Nation-Building, Democracy, and the Development of Europe” (Harvard University)

“Methods of Social Scientific Inquiry” (Harvard University)

“The New Europe” (Harvard University)

“Contemporary Europe” (Harvard University)

“Is Democracy Possible Everywhere?” (Harvard University)



“Political Corruption”

“PhD Field Seminar in Comparative Politics” (Harvard University)

“Political Economy Workshop (Harvard University)

“Political Regimes and Regime Change” (Harvard University, with Steve Levitsky)

“Comparative State-Building” (Harvard University)

“Introduction to Comparative Politics (Naval Postgraduate School)

“The European Union: Integration, Enlargement, and Europeanization” (Naval Postgraduate School)

“Modern Europe” (Naval Postgraduate School)

“The New Europe” (Harvard University Extension)


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