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Andreas Wimmer

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Appointment

  • Fellow
  • Boundaries, Membership & Belonging

Institution

  • Columbia University
Department of Sociology

Country

  • United States

Education

PhD, University of Zurich 1992
Habilitation, University of Zurich, 1994

About

Andreas Wimmer's 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 searches for patterns that repeat through history. He has pursued this agenda across the disciplines 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, network studies, and formal modeling. Wimmer’s research seeks to better understand how ideas travel across countries and continents in the contemporary world.

Awards

Distinguished Career Award, International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, 2018

Doctor of Letters honoris causa, McGill University, 2016

Distinguished Scholar Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association, 2014

Relevant Publications

Nation Building. Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 376 p.

Ethnic Boundary Making. Institutions, Power, Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 293 p.

Waves of War. Nationalism, State Formation, and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World. Cambridge: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2013.  328 p.

Kultur als Prozess. Zur Dynamik des Aushandelns von Bedeutungen (Culture as Process. The Dynamics of Negotiating Meaning). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2005. 225 p.

Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflicts. Shadows of Modernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 319 p.

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