Zolberg, Aristide


Aristide Zolberg
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1961
Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science

Concentrations: Comparative politics; historical studies and theory; international migration; nationalism and ethnicity;Western Europe; North America.
Recent Publications:

Recent books:

  • How Many Exceptionalisms? Explorations in Comparative Macroanalysis (Temple University Press, 2008).
  • A Nation by Design (Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press, 2006).
  • Shadows over Europe (Palgrave, 2002), co-edited with Martin Schain and Patrick Hossay.
  • Global Migrants, Global Refugees (Berghahn, 2001), co-edited with Peter Benda.


Recent articles and contributed chapters:

  • "The Archaeology of 'Remote Control'," in Andreas Fahrmeir, Olivier Faron, and Patrick Weil (eds.), Migration Control in the North Atlantic World. The Evolution of State Practices in Europe and the United States from the French Revolution to the Inter-War Period (New York: Berghahn Books, 2003).
  • “Guarding the Gates,” in Craig Calhoun, Paul Price, and Ashley Timmer, eds., Understanding September 11 (New York: The New Press, 2002).
  • "International Engagement and American Democracy: A Comparative Perspective," in Ira Katznelson and Martin Shefter, eds., Shaped by War and Trade (Princeton University Press, 2002).
  • "Matters of State: Theorizing Immigration Policy," in Charles Hirschman, Philip Kasinitz, and Josh DeWind (eds.), The Handbook of International Migration (New York: Russell Sage, 2000).
  • "Why Islam is like Spanish" (with Long Lit Woon), Politics and Society (Spring 1999).
Research Interests:
World migrations, historical and conemporary; the management of ethnic and cultural differences; and the critique of misleading theories pertaining to an alleged "clash of civilizations," which I term "The Herodotus Fallacy."
Awards and Honors:

Distinguished scholar award from the Ethnicity, nationalism and migration section of the International Studies Association, 2008.

Keynote address, International Sociology Association meeting, Barcelona, Spain, September 2008.

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