Jeffrey Kopstein



Jeffrey Kopstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is a student of comparative politics and democracy. In his research Professor Kopstein focuses on interethnic violence, voting patterns of minority groups, and anti-liberal tendencies in civil sociey, paying special attention to cases within European and Russian Jewish history. Jeffrey Kopstein currently holds the Ina Levine Invitational Fellowship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His latest book project with Michael Bernhard is "Violence and Democratic Development". He will play an active part in “The Future of Democracy" programme at THE NEW INSTITUTE.

Selected Publications

  • "Violence and Democratic Development", with Michael Bernhard, Oxford University Press, forthcoming
  • "Politics, Violence, and Memory: The New Social Science of the Holocaust", with Jelena Subotic and Susan Welch, Cornell University Press, 2022
  • "Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust", Cornell University Press, 2018
  • "Growing Apart? America and Europe in the 21st Century", with Sven Steinmo, Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • "Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order",with Stephen E. Hanson, Mark Lichbach, Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • "The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany 1945-1989, University of North Carolina Press, 1997


What gives you hope?

My students.

How does change happen?

When the unthinkable becomes sensible.

What inspires you?

Drawing unexpected connections between things.


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