Philip G. Roeder

Professor of Political Science

Roeder’s current research explores nationalist secessionism—with two projects on the dynamics of secessionist campaigns and the international response to secessionism. Trained as a specialist on the politics of the Soviet successor states, Roeder continues to draw on the Eurasian cases but has expanded his analysis to include global comparisons. His earlier works on the design of political institutions for countries torn apart by secessionist movements and on Soviet politics are foundations for his current research. Roeder is the author of Where Nation-States Come From: Institutional Change in the Age of Nationalism (Princeton) and Red Sunset: The Failure of Soviet Politics (Princeton). He is the co-author of Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton) and co-editor of Sustainable Peace: Power and Democracy After Civil Wars (Cornell). His articles have appeared in such journals as the American Political Science ReviewWorld Politics, andInternational Studies Quarterly. His longer-term research goals include projects on Alternatives to Independence (What are the consequences of various institutional arrangements designed to avoid granting independence to secessionists?) and The Tenacity of the Nation-State (Why do states almost never relinquish sovereignty willingly?)

Ph.D. Harvard University, 1978
Nationalism, Soviet Successor States

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