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Wimmer masters details to redefine the big picture of conflict

Sociologist Andreas Wimmer connects the dots.

After amassing and analyzing a database of all 464 major wars fought around the world from 1816 to 2001, Wimmer identified the formation and development of nation-states as an overlooked common thread in conflicts.

Wimmer, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and his collaborators also built a database of more than 730 ethnic groups in every country from 1946 to 2005 and calculated the extent to which political marginalization increases the likelihood of conflict.

In the classroom, Wimmer dives into data second-year graduate students study to help them identify promising approaches for their work, on topics from water sanitation to the cost of funerals. One of his common queries: "Why is this important?"  Read the full story>>>