Conferences and Workshops


2022. “ Political Violence and Democratic Backsliding,” Conference, WZB Berlin.

2020–Present. “Democracy: Past, Present, and Future” WZB Berlin.

2018–Present. “Challenges to Democracy Lecture Series” (co-organized with Steven Levitsky), Weatherhead Center, Harvard University.

2014–Present. “History and Politics,” Annual Ph.D. student conference (co-organized with Carles Boix, Isabela Mares, David Stasavage, and Steven Wilkinson).

2013. “The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Fraud” (workshop co-organized with Jan Teorell, Lund University, Sweden), held at Harvard University.

2013. “Crisis of Westminster Systems?” (workshop co-organized with Arthur Spirling), Harvard University.

2010–2013. “History, Institutions, and Politics Workshop” (co-organized with Dan Carpenter, Peter Hall, Theda Skocpol, and Kathleen Thelen), Harvard University.

2010. “The Origins of Democratic Institutions in Europe” (co-organized with Jonathan Rodden, Stanford University and Carles Boix, Princeton University), held at Stanford University, January 2010.

2008. “The Challenges and Dilemmas of Democratization: Lessons from Europe” Center for European Studies, Harvard University (co-organized with Prof. Giovanni Capoccia, Oxford University), in Preparation for Special Issue of Journal, October 3–4, 2008.

2008. “Graduate Student Retreat” Society for Comparative Research, Harvard University (co organized with Professor Philip Gorski, Yale University), May 2008.

2008. “New Frontiers in Comparative Politics: External Speaker Series,” Harvard University (co organized with Professor Peter Hall and Kathleen Thelen), September 2008–Present.


Annual APSA Meeting, Discussant, Presentation and Chair, 2009–Present

Annual Conference of European Studies, Discussant and Paper Presentation, 2009–Present

2008. “The Causes of Electoral Fraud” Paper Presentation (and Panel Organization) Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, October 2008, Miami, Florida.

2008. “Rural Inequality and Electoral Authoritarianism” (Paper Presentation,), Discussant for Panel on Clientelism and Panel on “Legacies in Comparative Politics” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, September 2008

2008. “The Causes of Electoral Fraud” Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill. April 2008

2008. “Ungoverned Spaces” Panel Discussant, International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, March 2008

2008. “The Causes of Electoral Fraud” Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Conference, Chicago, Ill. (March 2008)

2007. “Why Some Cities Provide More Public Goods Than Others,” “Rural Inequality and Electoral Authoritarianism” and “Revisiting the Qualitative Classics” Roundtable, American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, August 2007, Chicago, Ill.

2006. “Comparative Historical Analysis and German Politics,” German Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA, September 30, 2006.

2006. Discussant, “Religion and the Welfare State, Max Planck Institute for the Study ofSocieties, Cologne, Germany, April 2006

2006. “Comparative Historical Approaches to the Study of State-Building and Regimes” Conference of Europeanists, Council of European Studies, Chicago Ill., March 2006

2005. “The Federal-Unitary Divide in Europe” Panel, American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 2005

2005. “The Shadow of the European Union: Party Politics and State Capacity in Southern and Eastern Europe Compared” European Union Studies Association, Austin, TX, March 2005

2005. “Does Decentralization Make Government More Efficient?” (with Conor O’Dwyer), Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago Ill. April 2005.

2004. Discussant and Chair, Panel: “Notions of Legitimacy in Law, Politics, and the Use of Force,” March International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2004

2004. Discussant and Chair, Panel: “Geo-politics, Territoriality and Space in the EU” Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, Ill. March 2004

2003. “Rethinking Federalism’s Origins: Strategic State-Building and the Making of Multitiered Political Systems” European Consortium for Political Research, Marburg, Germany, September 18–21, 2003.

2003. “Does Decentralization Make Government More Efficient and Effective?” Annual meeting, American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 28–30, 2003.

2002. “Rethinking How Federal Polities Are Constructed: Lessons from the 19th Century for European Union Integration,” Annual Meeting, American Political Science Association, August 28–31, 2002 Boston, Massachusetts

2002. “Recasting German Federalism: The New Politics of Fiscal Decentralization in Post-Unification Germany,” Council on European Studies, April 2002, Chicago Ill.

2001. “Just How Powerful Are Ideas? The Failed Push for Fiscal Decentralization and the Persistence of Germany’s Federal System,” Panel: The Politics of Decentralization, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA., August 30–September 2001.

2000. “Regionalismus, Föderalismus, und Institutionelle Wandlung in Deutschland während der 90er Jahre,” Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Berlin, Germany, June 7, 2000.

1998. “Still a Divided Electorate? Explaining the East German Vote in the 1998 Federal Elections” Berkeley-Stanford Program for Post-Soviet Studies, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 27, 1998.

1998. “Postmortem on the German Elections: Roundtable Discussion on Germany’s Political Future,” Center for German and European Studies, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 28, 1998.

1998. “How the Former Communist Parties Transformed Themselves into Electoral Parties,” Panel: Communist Successor Parties in Comparative Perspective, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association. Chicago Ill. April 23, 1998



2023. Columbia University Law School (February), Hebrew University (February), Brown University (February), Fundacion Ramon Areces, Madrid, Spain (April), Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (April), WZB, Berlin, Germany (April), University of Zurich (June), Board of Latino Legislators, Chicago, USA (August)

2022. University of Chicago (January), World Affairs Council, South Carolina (February), Schloss Bellevue, Symposium President Steinmeier, Berlin, Germany (March), Miami University of Ohio (May), American University (May), University of Wisconsin (May), GIZ-Berlin (June), Hans Dieter Klingemann Lecture, Leuphana University (June), Clark University, President’s Lecture (October), Berea College, KY, USA (November), Asia Future Forum Keynote, Seoul, South Korea (November), Loyola University Baltimore (November), University of Zurich (December)

2021. Robert Bosch Foundation Berlin (February), National Constitution Center (February), Brandeis University (February), Webster University (February), Brookings Institution (February), Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm (March), SSRC George Washington University (May), Leibniz im Bundestag (May), Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (May), Hertie Stiftung Berlin (May), World Affairs Council Los Angeles (May), German Marshall Fund Berlin (June), University of Zurich (June), Weizenbaum Forum, (June), Volkswagen Stiftung (July), American Council on Germany (July) Kaiserslautern University Germany (July), Harnack Lecture, Max Planck Institute (October)

2020. Adams Institute Amsterdam (January), Claremont McKenna College (September), Dallas Democratic Forum (September) Atlantik Bruecke (October), Niemann Foundation (October), German Economic Forum, Die Zeit (November), Marie Curie Alumni Association (November), Brown University (November), Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins (November), John Adams Institute, Amsterdam (November), Kenyon College, USA (November), Arizona State University (November), University of Lisbon (December)

2019. Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins (January), Institute of Lifetime Learning (January), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (February), Pomona College (February), The Sara Cogan Endowed Lecture, Portland State University (February), Reed College (February), Friedrich Naumann Foundation (March), Holy Cross College (March), Stanford University (April), Testimony to Canadian Parliament (May), Yale University-National University Singapore (October), Social Democratic Party Fraktion Bundestag (October), University of Freiburg (October), V-Dem-WZB Berlin (November), Bard College Berlin (December), American Academy Berlin (December).

2018. The Donald S. Bernstein Lecture, Princeton University (April); Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (January); Brooklyn Historical Society (January); University of Lisbon, Portugal (February); Pennsylvania State University, McCourtney Institute (March); Ash Institute, Harvard (March); Brookings Institution (April); Edward Kennedy Institute (May 2018), Yale University (May), Johns Hopkins University, Political Science (May), Harvard Law School (May), Bavarian History Institute, Germany (June), Cornell University (September), University of Birmingham (October), Suffolk University (October), San Francisco World Affairs Council (November), Columbia University (November), Dickinson College (November), University of Frankfurt, Germany (December), German Foreign Ministry (December), German Marshall Fund, Germany (December).

2017. University of California, Irvine, Harry Eckstein Memorial Lecture (March); Georgetown University, University of Florida (Spring); Yale University (Spring/Fall).

2016. University of Toronto, (April 22); Brandeis University (April 17); Institute of Political Economy and Governance (Barcelona, Spain, March 15); State and Capitalism Since 1800 Seminar (Harvard University, April 8).

2015: Center for Advanced Studies, University of Munich, (June 11); University of Michigan (May); University of Notre Dame (March) University of Arizona State University (March).

2014. Sciences Po, Max Po, Sciences Po, Paris, France (June); University of British Columbia, Department of Political Science, Vancouver, Canada (April).

2013. Aarhus University, Department of Political Science, Aarhus, Denmark (June); Lund University, Department of Political Science, Lund, Sweden (June); Cambridge University Press, Comparative Politics Series, Book Workshop, U Washington; Stanford University Comparative Politics Workshop, Department of Political Science; Juan March Institute, (Instituto Juan March de Estudiose Investigaciones) Madrid Spain; Joint Degree Program in Social Science and Social Policy, Princeton University; University of California, Berkeley, Comparative Politics Workshop; Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

2012. Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture, University of Washington, (November); Yale University, Comparative Politics Workshop, Department of Political Science

2011. George Washington University, Department of Political Science; Partito Democratico, Rome Italy

2010. The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies, Oxford University; “Three Lectures” École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, (May); Department of Politics, New York University, New York (March)

2009. Watson Institute Brown University, Providence, RI, (October); Oxford University, Nuffield College, United Kingdom, (February).

2008. Princeton University, Department of Politics, November 20, 2008; Stanford University, Department of Political Science, November 4, 2008; Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Pennsylvania State University, State College, May 2008; Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, May 2008; Department of Government, Smith College, April 2008; Department of Political Science, Tufts University, March; Department of Political Science, University of Florida, February 2008

2007. Department of Political Science, St Gallen University, St. Gallen, Switzerland, November 2007’ Department of Political Science, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, October; Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy, March; Department of Social Science, University of Milan, Milan Italy, March; Department of Political Science, Columbia University, January

2006. Department of Political Science, Duke University, November; Institute for European Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, November; University of Pennsylvania, October; Duitsland Institut, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany; European Union Center, Scripps College, Claremont CA, March; Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, October.

Before 2006. Yale University, Comparative Politics Workshop, New Haven, January 2005; George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, November 2004 Center for European Studies, Brigham Young University, October 2004.