WIMMER, Andreas (Columbia University)
Andreas Wimmer is the Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy at Columbia University in New York. He previously taught at Princeton University, University of California Los Angeles, as well as the Universities of Bonn, Neuchatel, and Zurich. His research brings a long term historical and globally comparative perspective to the questions of how states are built and nations formed, how individuals draw ethnic and racial boundaries between themselves and others, and under which conditions these processes result in conflict and war. Using new methods and data, he continues the old search for historical patterns that repeat across contexts and times. He has pursued this agenda across the disciplinary fields of sociology, political science, and social anthropology and through various styles of inquiry: ethnographic field research (in Mexico and Iraq), comparative historical analysis, quantitative research with cross-national or survey data, network studies, and formal modeling. His recent books are Nation Building (Princeton 2018), Waves of War (Cambridge 2013), and Ethnic Boundary Making (Oxford 2013). At the EUI, Andreas Wimmer will work on a new book project that seeks to understand patterns of diffusion across the world, mostly focusing on cultural ideas, practices, and preferences. Using “big data” and new theoretical arguments, the book seeks to advance our understanding of historically layered, multiplex and multipolar structures of cultural change in the modern world.
Areas of research: Social and Political Theory, Nationalism, Migration, Ethnic Conflict, Boundary Drawing, War and State-Formation, Global Diffusion of Ideas and Information
Period of Stay: Jan 2021 - July 2021
Office: BF 263
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 995 (Int. 2995)