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 (HSSR)” 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: Amel Ahmed – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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)

HSSR Annual Graduate Student Workshop

The Research Network on the Historical Study of States and Regimes hosts an Annual Graduate Student Workshop. This is a pre-conference workshop held in advance of the Council for European Studies 2024 Annual Meeting. Our workshop discussions have played a significant role in the development and success of a number of scholars in several disciplines. Some testimonials from past participants:

“The CES grad student workshop was my very first foray into the world of academic conferencing and workshops and I could not be more grateful for it. My paper was read by two readers and I received valuable, critical yet kind feedback from them as well as from the other participants in the workshop” Matej Jungwirth, Northwestern University, 2023 workshop participant

The Historical Study of States and Regimes (HSSR) graduate workshop was an incredible experience, one which surpassed my expectations. I had the opportunity to have my work reviewed and discussed by senior scholars in the field, as well as by peers. I received detailed and concrete comments on the paper I presented, as well as thoughtful ideas to challenge and broaden my research.” Margarida  Rodrigues, Northeastern University, 2023 workshop participant

The call for applications for the 2024 workshop can be found here. The application period is now closed!

HSSR Research Lab

HSSR Research Lab is a monthly forum for workshopping works in progress. The Network meets on Zoom the third Friday of the month at 8am PST/11am EST/5pm CET (the first meeting is pushed to the fourth Friday – September 22nd – due to a scheduling conflict). The format is as follows:

  1. The sessions will last one hour and we will discuss two works in that time with 30 minutes allocated to each.
  2. Authors are asked to circulate their work one week in advance of the meeting.
  3. There will be no formal presentation, but authors may say a few words at the start of the session to situate the piece (this can also be done as a note to the reader in the text).
  4. For each work, we will have 10 minutes of comments from a lead discussant, and the remainder will be for feedback from the group.

This initiative comes in response to two specific needs expressed by network members: 1)  to have ongoing network activities throughout the year, and 2) to provide alternative and more inclusive modes of participation. It is my hope that this will help keep us connected as a research network and allow more engagement over our shared scholarly interests.


Network Resources:

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