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Jeff Weintraub

Visiting Scholar 2015-2016


Jeff Weintraub

Weintraub is a social and political theorist and political sociologist who has taught at Harvard, the University of California, San Diego, Williams College, Bryn Mawr College, and, most recently, the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy. His most durable intellectual interests include the relationship between freedom and community; the nature and conditions of democratic citizenship; the theory and practice of the public private distinction; war, society, and politics in comparative perspective; and the interplay between nationalism, citizenship, and revolution since the era of the American and French revolutions.

His research project at CES will explore the interaction between nationalism and other forms of modern mass politics, ethnic cleansing, and ethno-sectarian homogenization in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East from the beginning of the 20th century through the present. Despite differences of timing and detail, in the long run these dynamics add up to a grand pattern of ethno-sectarian "simplification" that has reshaped almost all societies in that broad area.

Weintraub received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Harvard he headed the CES Social Theory Study Group from 1981-1985.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.

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Political Science

Areas of Expertise:

Democracy & Citizenship

Political Sociology

Public & Private

States, Nations, & Ethnic Conflict

Social & Political Theory

Research Topic:

The Dynamics of Ethnic Simplification in Eastern Europe and the Middle East from the 20th Century through the Present