Andreas Wimmer

Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy

Columbia University

Andreas Wimmer's research brings a long term 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 which kinds of political conflicts and war results from these processes. 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: field research in Oaxaca (Mexico) and Iraq, comparative historical analysis, quantitative cross-national research, network studies, formal modeling, the analysis of large-scale survey data, as well as policy oriented research.

Wimmer's articles and books have won a series of awards, including from the mathematical, political, comparative historical, theory, rationality and society, peace and war, global and transnational, and cultural sociology sections of the American Sociological Association (see CV). He was honored with a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association as well as with a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from McGill University. The New York Times, Financial Times, BBC World News, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Westdeutsche Zeitung, NRC Handelsblad, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education have cited his publications. His recent work has resulted in two new books: