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  • The Contributors

Andreas Wimmer is Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy at Columbia University. His research brings a long-term and globally comparative perspective to the questions of how states are built and nations formed, how individuals draw ethnic and racial boundaries between themselves and others, and when political conflicts or war result from these processes. Using new methods and data, he continues the old search for historical patterns that repeat across contexts and times. His most recent book is Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart (2018). He can be reached at

John S. Ahlquist is an associate professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. His work focuses on comparative and international political economy. A widely published author, Ahlquist’s most recent book, In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activities, coauthored with Margaret Levi, was published in 2013. He can be reached at

Ben W. Ansell is a professor of comparative democratic institutions in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College. His work examines the interplay of economic inequality, public policy, and political regimes. His books include Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach (2014), coauthored with David Samuels, and From the Ballot to the Blackboard (2010). He can be reached at

Karrie J. Koesel is an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Religion and Authoritarianism: Cooperation, Conflict, and the Consequences (2014). Her research focuses on contemporary Chinese and Russian politics, authoritarian durability, political and patriotic education, and the politics of religion. She can be reached at

Jennifer M. Larson is an assistant professor of politics at New York University. Her research focuses on how and why the social networks interconnecting people affect their ability to cooperate with one another. Her current project explores how new information spreads through real groups’ social networks and motivates people to act in settings ranging from rural Uganda to urban France. She can be reached at [End Page ii]



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