Jon Elster

Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences

Columbia University

Jon Elster (Ph.D., University of Paris, 1972)'s research interests include the theory of rational choice, the theory of distributive justice, and the history of social thought (Marx and Tocqueville).   He taught at Paris, Oslom and Chicago before coming to Columbia.  Professor Elster's publications include Ulysses and the Sirens (1979), Sour Grapes (1983), Making Sense of Marx (1985), The Cement of Society (1989), Solomonic Judgements (1989), Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences (1989), Local Justice (1992), Political Psychology (1993), Alchemies of the Mind (1999), Ulysses Unbound (2000), and Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective (2004). He is currently working on a comparative study of constitution-making processes from the Federal Convention to the present, besides being engaged in a project on the microfoundations of civil war.