Jack A. Goldstone

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Biographical Information

"Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy and an Eminent Scholar. His work on issues such as social movements, revolutions, and international politics has won him global acclaim and research grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, and the American Council of Learned Societies. The author or co-author of 9 books, Professor Goldstone is a leading authority on regional conflicts, has served on a U.S. Vice-Presidential Task Force on State Failure, and is a consultant to the U.S. State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development." [1] CV


  • 1986 - Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Studies (ed.)
  • 1991 - Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
  • 1991 - Revolutions of the Late Twentieth Century (edited with T.R. Gurr and F. Moshiri). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • 1993 - Theories of Revolution and the East European Revolutions of 1989, a special issue of Rationality and Society (edited with Karl-Dieter Opp). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • 1998 - The Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions (Editor-in-chief) Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Books.
  • 2001 - Silence and Voice in Contentious Politics (with Ron Aminzade, Doug McAdam, Elizabeth Perry, William Sewell, Jr., Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2003 - States, Parties, and Social Movements: Protest and the Dynamics of Institutional Change (ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Chinese Translation 2010]
  • 2008 - Improving Democracy Assistance: Building Knowledge Through Evaluations and Research: A National Research Council Report (with Larry Garber, John Gerring, Clark Gibson, Mitchell Seligson, and Jeremy Weinstein). Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences.
  • 2008 - Why Europe? The Rise of the West in World History 1500-1850. New York: McGraw-Hill. [Translations into Chinese and Italian, pending]
  • 2011 - Political Demography, edited with Eric Kaufmann and Monica Duffy Toft. New York: Palgrave.
  • forth-coming - Understanding Revolutions: Their Origins, Processes, and Outcomes, with John Foran and Eric Selbin. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
  • forth-coming - The Rise of the West 1500-1850: Entrepreneurship, Culture, and the Birth of Modern Economic Growth. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Recent Journal Articles

  • Goldstone, J.A. "Democratic Policing and Democratic Development." Journal of Democracy (April 2010).

Recent Grants

  • MacArthur Foundation Program on Global Peace and Sustainability. Research and Writing Grant on Sources of Political Conflict ($74,000). 2003-2004.
  • SAIC, Inc. Political Instability Task Force, Research on Modeling and Forecasting Political Instability, co-PI with Monty G. Marshall ($663,000), 2005-2009

Resources and articles

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  1. Bio, , accessed November 8, 2011.
  2. Center for Preventive Action Advisory Committee, organizational web page, accessed January 21, 2013.