Historical Study of States and Regimes

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Constitution ratified on June 26, 2019

The constitution of the CES Research Network on the “Historical Study of States and Regimes” has been ratified via an online vote in June 2015.


Network Description

The network on the “Historical Study of States and Regimes” (formerly “History of Democratization”) brings together scholars interested in questions of state formation, development, and decline; the emergence of new types of regimes; and problems of regime stability and change. 

Since its formation at the CES Meeting Barcelona in 2011, the network has grown to over 100 members, drawn mostly, though not exclusively, from the fields of political science, sociology, history, and cultural studies.  The membership includes all academic ranks and a number of graduate students, from a total of nine different countries.  The network happily welcomes new members without regard to discipline or approach.  We are looking for a diverse set of scholars interested in understanding state formation and decay, regimes and regime change, the antecedents of democracy and autocracy, and other macrolevel political processes from a variety of perspectives.   

Chair: Robert Fishman, Carlos III University, 

Executive Committee:

Serving until the 2026 Conference:
Michael Bernhard (University of Florida)
Dawn Teele (Johns Hopkins University)
Kasia Nalewajko (Carlos III University)

Serving until the 2025 Conference:
Alexandra Cirone (Cornell University)
Tiago Fernandes (ISCTE-IUL)
Harris Mylonas (George Washington)

Serving until the 2024 Conference:
Volha Charnysh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Ivan Ermakoff (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Akasemi Newsome (University of California, Berkeley)

Serving until the 2023 Conference:
Sheri Berman (Columbia University)
Erika Harris (University of Liverpool)
Jeff Kopstein (University of California, Irvine)

Serving until the 2022 Conference:
Petia Kostadinova (University of Illinois) 
Christine Zuber (University of Konstanz) 
Sener Akturk (Koc University)   

Serving until the 2021 Conference:
Rhiannon Evangelista (Georgia Gwinnett College)
Markus Kreuzer (Villanova)
Evgeny Finkel (Johns Hopkins)

Serving until the 2020 Conference:
Anna Grzymala-Busse (Stanford)
Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton)
Jason Wittenberg (Berkeley)

Call for Papers!

10th Annual Graduate Workshop on Comparative Historical Research on Europe


The Research Network on the Historical Study of States and Regimes of the Council for European Studies is now soliciting applications for our highly successful annual pre-conference grad student workshop. Our workshop discussions have played a significant role in the development and success of a number of major scholars in several disciplines. We seek applications from advanced graduate students working on comparative historical topics on Europe. The process is open to graduate students working in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences and using any methodology or approach. We are open to work that is concerned both with explaining past outcomes or that looks at the impact of past developments in explaining contemporary outcomes. Priority will be given to advanced doctoral students, but all graduate students at any level of preparation of their dissertation will be considered. Candidates may present work from their dissertations (typically a chapter), or other papers on which they are interested in receiving feedback. We anticipate inviting approximately eight students to present their work in an all-day conference to be held on June 26, 2023. Students will be required to provide their written work in advance and to make a short presentation. A faculty “mentor” will be assigned as discussant to provide in-depth feedback. Additional time will be available for a general discussion of the work with all assembled faculty and graduate students.

This year’s faculty participants will include, among others, Amel Ahmed (UMass Amherst), Michael Bernhard (University of Florida), Ivan Ermakoff (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Jan Rovny (Sciences PO), Ela Rossmiller (Wilson College) and Robert M. Fishman ( Madrid’s Carlos III University).

The application period for this call is now closed!

If you have questions about the application process or the workshop, feel free to contact Robert Fishman at robertmfishman@gmail.com.

Network Resources:

The Network for the Historical Study of States and Regimes – Members