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John Markoff

PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1972

Title: Distinguished University Professor

Campus Address: 2605 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Telephone: (412) 648-7570

Email: jm2@pitt.edu

Fields of Interest

  • social movements
  • comparative revolutions
  • democratization

Biography

My research concerns the history of democratization, considered as a multi-continental process across several centuries. As national states became stronger, elite power-holders have been challenged by the actions of those resisting the plans and practices of those on high. The forms of challenge have taken many forms, from peasant insurrections to the social movements that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I've done a good deal of work on one very important episode, the French Revolution, and have also written on Latin American politics. More recently I have been exploring a broader geographic and temporal perspective. My current projects focus on three things: 1) the ways in which social movements and democratization have become profoundly intertwined; 2) transnational aspects of democratization including the implications of globalization for the future of democracy; and 3) the ways in which the meaning of democracy has altered in social struggles.

Current Research

History of Democratization
Looking at the ways in which social movements and democratization have become profoundly intertwined.
Transnational aspects of democratization including the implications of globalization for the future of democracy
The ways in which the meaning of democracy has altered in social struggles

Recent Publications

Teaching

Social Movements Sociology of Revolutions
Two Centuries of Democratization State of Democracy
Political Sociology

Honors and Awards

University Affiliations

Secondary appointment in History and in Political Science Affiliations with Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center, Program in Cultural Studies, Advisory Board of World History Center.