Comparative Historical Social Science (CHSS)

Past Workshops

View a full list of the past three years of CHSS workshops. 

Fall 2014

October 10 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Mark Blyth, Brown University, “Ideas and Historical Institutionalism” 

October 17 at 3:00 pm | PAS Seminar Room

Javier Auyero, University of Texas at Austin, “In Harm’s Way. The Dynamics of Urban Violence” 

October 31 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

  • Natalia Forrat, Sociology: Student presentation, "Shock-Resistant Authoritarianism: Teachers and Regime’s Electoral Support in Putin’s Russia"
  • OIga Kozlowski, Sociology: Student presentation, "Transnationalizing Historical Memory: Memory Entrepreneurs and the Invisible Iron Curtain"

November 21 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

  • John Robinson, Sociology: Student presentation, “Cleaning Properties: The Commodification of Dirty Work in Low-Income Housing”
  • Rahul Mediratta, Political Science: Student Presentation, “Security First: Trade Suppression in the India-Pakistan Rivalry, 1947-1955”

Spring 2014 

April 11 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Michael Mann, UCLA: “Can the prehistory and history of human societies be interpreted as social evolution?”

April 25 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

  • Savina Balabrasumanian, Sociology: Student presentation, “Regulating Fertility in the Postcolony: Contraceptive Technologies and Family Planning in South Asia in the Shadow of Cold War Science”
  • Gozde Erdeniz, Political Science: Student presentation, “Beyond Ascription: Wolrdviews, Ways of Living and Deeply Divided Societies”

May 2 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

  • Isabel Castillo, Political Science: Student presentation, “Suffrage Extensions in Latin America: Two Paths to the Formal Political Incorporation of Women’
  • Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Sociology: Student presentation, “Social and Cultural Adaptations in an Inuit Hamlet: Passive and Active Engagements with Mundane Technology” 

May 9 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: “‘Resurrecting the Jew’: Philosemitism, Symbolic Boundaries and Nationalism in Contemporary Poland”

May 30 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago: "Nationalism, Sentimentality, and Judgment: Reflections on Syria"

Winter 2014 

January 10 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

  • Amy Myrick, Sociology: Student presentation, “Constitutional Amendment Activism in the Progressive Era, c. 1900-1925. The Emergent Problem of Broad Substance and Narrow Text”
  • Kofi Asante, Sociology: Student presentation, “‘We want a good governor and plenty of good roads’: Ghanaian Merchants and Colonial State Formation” 

January 24 at 3:00 pm | Parkes Hall 222

Christian Davenport, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: “Ending Genocide or Taking the Nation? Political Violence, Pacification, and the Legitimacy of the Kagame Regime” 

January 31 at 3:00 pm | Parkes Hall 222

Elizabeth Onasch, Sociology: Practice job talk. “Access to the Nation: Racialization and the French Reception and Integration Contract”

February 21 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Julian Go, Boston University: “Where is “the Global” in Historical Sociology? Thinking Beyond Second-Wave State-Centrism” 

February 28 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Michele Lamont, Harvard University: “What is Missing? Cultural Processes and Causal Pathways to Inequality” 

Fall 2013 

October 11 at 3:00pm | Buffett Institute

Elisabeth Clemens, University of Chicago: “Organizing Powers in Eventful Times:  Or, Two Men from Iowa Confront a Crisis”

October 18 at 3:00pm | Buffett Institute

  • Marlous van Waijenburg, History: Student presentation, “Exogenous and Endogenous Colonial Institutions? Lessons from a comparison of tax systems in British and French Africa, 1880-1940”
  • Silvia Otero, Political Science: Student presentation, “Where Does Place Matter? Subnational Inequality in Latin America’s Social Development. A comparison between Peru and Colombia”

October 25 at 3:00pm | Ripton Room, Scott Hall

Elisabeth Anderson, Sociology: Practice job talk. “Policy Entrepreneurs, Ideas, and the Origins of Social Policy: Child Labor Reform in Massachusetts and Prussia” 

November 1 at 3:00 pm | Buffett Institute

Margaret Weir, University of California-Berkeley: “The Collapse of Democratic Urban Liberalism and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Advocacy”

Spring 2013 

April 12

  • Kofi Asante, Sociology: Student Presentation, "Cooperation and Conflict: How Indigenous Gold Coast Merchants Shaped the Emergence of the State"
  • Elizabeth Onasch, Sociology: Student Presentation 

May 3

  • Claudia López, Political Science: Student Presentation, "State-building as Contentious Institutional Change"
  • Iga Kozlowski, Sociology: Student Presentation, "National Identity and Democratic Transition: Polish Abortion Discourse 1990-1993" 

May 10 | Scott Hall #201

  • Rahul Mediratta, Political Science: Student Presentation, "Globalization in the Shadows and De-escalation of Enduring Interstate Conflict: India-Pakistan and China-Taiwan"
  • Diana Rodriguez-Franco, Sociology: Student Presentation

Winter 2013

January 18

Chris Yenkey, University of Chicago: "Context Dependent Contagion: Locally Relevant Networks and the Recruitment of New Investors in Kenya"

February 1

Barry Eidlin, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Class vs. Special Interest: Labor Regimes and Union Power in the U.S. and Canada, 1911-2011" 

February 8

  • Natalia Forrat, Sociology: "Authoritarian Welfare: How Social Policy Affects The Resilience Of The Authoritarian Regime"
  • Nisa Goskel, Sociology: "We are mothers and we support peace" Kurdish Women's Peace Activism in Turkey" 

February 22

Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University: "Graduating Inequality: Polarization, Plutocracy, and the Demise of the American Dream"

March 1

Kimberly Morgan, George Washington University: "Diverging Pathways: The Peculiar and Problematic Gap between Comparative Politics and American Political Development"

Fall 2012

October 5 at 2:30pm | Harris 107

William Sewell, University of Chicago: "What is Capitalism? What Are Its Histories?"

October 19 at 3:00pm | Buffett Institute

Larkin Terrie, Political Science: Practice Job Talk

October 26 at 3:00pm | Buffett Institute

Gilles Laferte, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique: "From a face-to-face economy to economic identification in Rural France: the revenge of the capital of autochthony?"

November 9 at 3:00pm | Buffett Institute

Elisabeth Anderson, Sociology: Practice Job Talk

November 16 at 3:00pm | Buffett Institute

  • Swati Srivastava, Political Science: student presentation, "Deconstructing Political Risk Indices as Technologies of Governmentality"
  • Rachel Vanderpoel, Political Science: student presentation, "Capital and Coercion in Contemporary War: Civilian-Insurgent Social Bargains in the Democratic Republic of Congo"

Spring 2012

March 30

Tianna Paschel, University of Chicago: "Mobilizing Convergent Political Openings: How Black Movements Won Ethno-Racial Policies in Colombia and Brazil in the 1990s"

April 20

Regina Grafe, Department of History, Northwestern University: "Tyrannies - distant and more distant. State formation and economic development in early modern Spain (and Spanish America)"

May 18 at 4:30pm | Scott Hall Ripton Room - Joint Event with the University of Chicago

  • Elizabeth Anderson, Doctoral Student, Sociology, Northwestern: "'A Canker in the Body Politic': Ideas, Institutions, and Child Labor Reform in 19th-Century Massachusetts and Prussia"
  • Sofia Fener, Doctoral Student, Political Science, University of Chicago: "Inside Out: Semi-Opposition, Co-optation, and Confrontation in Authoritarian Regimes"

Winter 2012

January 6 | Ripton Room, Scott Hall

Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University: "Lost in Translation? Non-State Actors in the Americanization of Procedural Law"

January 13

Student Presentations: Amy Myrick (Sociology) and Rahul Mediratta (Political Science)

February 3

Frank Dobbin, Harvard University: “The Fund Manager-Value Revolution: How Institutional Investors Rewrote Shareholder Value”

February 10 | Harris 108

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University: "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism."

This session will be a special roundtable discussion of Professor Skocpol's new book on the Tea Party (co-authored with Vanessa Williamson).

February 17

Gretta Krippner, University of Michigan: “Credit Citizenship: How Property Rights Trumped Social Rights in U.S. Society”