- Comparative Politics
Mark Beissinger's main fields of interest are social movements, revolutions, nationalism, state-building, and imperialism, with specific reference to the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet states. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Beissinger is author or editor of five books, including most recently Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His book Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State (Cambridge University Press, 2002) received multiple awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in the United States in the field of government, politics, or international affairs, and the Mattei Dogan Award presented by the Society for Comparative Research for the best book published in the field of comparative research. Recent writings have dealt with such issues as the role of emulation in the cross-national spread of revolutions, the character of revolutionary coalitions in the Orange Revolution and in the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the relationship between nationalism and democracy, the persistence of empire as a category of politics in Eurasia, and the evolving character of revolution over the last century. Beissinger received his B.A. from Duke University in 1976 and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982. He has served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. At Princeton, Beissinger directs the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).