John Markoff, PhD

Contact

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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.

Fields of Interest

  • social movements
  • comparative revolutions
  • democratization

Degrees

  • PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1972

History of democracy in the world since the 18th century

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

Democratic struggles in 4 small Andalusian towns

"Essential Contestants, Essential Contests." Research in Political Sociology, v. 24 2017, pp. 121-154.

"Historical Analysis and Social Movements Research" in Mario Diana and Donatella della Porta, eds., Oxford Handbook of Social Movements. OUP, 2016, pp. 68-85.

Social Movements and World-System Transformation. Edited by Jackie Smith, Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff. New York, Routledge. 2017

Waves of Democracy: Social Movements and Political Change, 2nd Edition. Boulder and London: Paradigm Publishing, 2015.

Veronica Montecinos and John Markoff, eds., Economistas en las Americas. Profesion, Ideologia y Poder Politico. Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2015.

Olas de Democracia: Movimientos Sociales y Cambio Politico, segunda edicion. Granada: Editorial Comares, 2018.

"La legitimidad democratica hoy en dia" ["Democratic legitimacy at the present moment"], Ayer (Revista de la Asociacion de Historia Contemporanea) 102, 2016(2):259-273.

Greetings from Novorossiya: Eyewitness to the War in Ukraine, a translation into English of Pawel Pieniazek, Pozdrowienia z Noworosji Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017, tr. Malgorzata Markoff and John Markoff

Mike-Frank Epitropoulos and John Markoff, "Once Again They Have a Word for It: Greeks Talk About the Global Age", New Global Studies 11(3), 2017:211-230. online: https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2017-0006.

John Markoff and Daniel Burridge, "The Global Wave of Democratization and its Aftermath". pp 82-99. in Christian W. Haerpfer, Ronald Inglehart, Chris Welzel and Patrick Bernhagen, Democratization in a Globalized World, 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

"Overflowing Channels: How Democracy Didn't Work as Planned (and Perhaps a Good Thing It Didn't)", Sociology Theory 37(2), 2019, pp. 184-208.

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

Pinkney Prize (1997) for best book in French history, given by the Society for French Historical Studies for The Abolition of Feudalism

Sharlin Prize (1997) of the Social Science History Association (co-winner) for The Abolition of Feudalism

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award (1998) of the American Sociological Association for The Abolition of Feudalism

Pinkney Prize (1999) for best book in French history, given by the Society for French Historical Studies, for Revolutionary Demands

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award (2001), Senior Scholar (university-wide career research award)

Election to the Sociological Research Association (honorary membership for outstanding research and scholarship)

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholar, Pennsylvania Sociological Society (2005)

Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2014 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for "Another Chapter from Democracy's Secret History: A Research Program on Some Small Spanish Towns", Research in Political Sociology (2013)

University of Pittsburgh Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2019) (university-wide award)