Scholarly Publications

The Mystery of the Kibbutz: Egalitarian Principles in a Capitalist World

February 2018

How the kibbutz movement thrived despite its inherent economic contradictions and why it eventually declinedThe kibbutz is a social experiment in collective living that challenges traditional...

The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange (Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts)

February 2018

In the wake of World War II and the Holocaust, it seemed there was no place for German in Israel and no trace of Hebrew in Germany — the two languages and their cultures appeared as divergent as...

Red Leviathan: Authority and Violence in Revolutionary Political Culture

December 2017

As Mao euphemistically remarked, revolutions are not dinner parties. Violence is to be expected when political regimes are overturned.

Other Publications

Beyond Engaged Literature: Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return

December 2017

A feature of contemporary politics is the tendency to focus primarily onnarratives , as if the story lines were more important than the events.

Here at the End of All Things: On losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds, from Middle Earth to Westeros

August 2017

I spent my adolescence around maps of places that didn’t exist.

Getting Serious about Race

July 2017

With every passing election, it seems clearer and clearer that the Western world's rich democracies are going through a fundamental political realignment.


The Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professorship at Stanford

February 2017

The history of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford begins with the U.S.

Q&A with Professor Naimark on the History of Genocide

December 2016

Sixty-eight years later, acts of genocide still occur, despite international efforts to prevent them.


Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Vladimir Kara-Murza and Michael McFaul

March 6, 2018

Nemtsov is a documentary film about the late leader of the Russian opposition, directed by his friend and colleague Vladimir Kara-Murza. The film chronicles a remarkable political life.

Art and Power: Patronage and Politics in Europe from the Old Regime to the Present

February 16, 2018

This conference examines the history of state arts patronage in Europe and its ramifications in the present.


The Contemporary

This project examines the  “contemporary” with a focus on defining moments such as: 1945, 1973, 1989, and 2001.

Debating History, Democracy, Development, and Education in Conflicted Societies

The Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) has launched a multi-year collaborative project with research institutes in...

History, Memory and Reconciliation

This series will examine scholarly and institutional efforts to create new national narratives that walk the fine line between before and after, memory and truth, compensation and reconciliation,...


Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Photo of Anna Grzymala-Busse Anna Grzymala-Busse Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Roland Hsu Affiliate