Hendrik Spruyt Professor

Research Interest(s):  Historical Sociology and International Relations; State Formation and Disintegration; International Systems and Regional Orders

Program Area(s):  International Relations; Comparative Politics

Regional Specialization(s):  Europe; Middle East

Department Strength(s):  Comparative Historical Analysis

Professor Spruyt previously taught International Relations at Columbia University (1991-1999) and Arizona State University (1999-2003) before joining the faculty at Northwestern. He received a Doctorandus from the University of Leiden, School of Law, (The Netherlands) in 1983, and his Ph. D in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 1991. He was chair of the Department of Political Science at Northwestern from 2005-2008, and Director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies from 2008-2013. Professor Spruyt has also served as co-editor of The Review of International Political Economy and has served on various editorial boards including the APSR.

BooksBook Cover: Democracy and Conflict Resolution by Hendrik Spruyt

  • With Miriam Elman, and Oded Haklai, co-editors, Democracy, Religion, and Conflict: the Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking. Syracuse:  Syracuse University Press, 2013
  • With Alexander Cooley, co-author, Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009
  • Global Horizons: An Introduction to International Relations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009
  • Ending Empire: Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005. (Runner up for the J. David Greenstone Award, American Political Science Association, August 2007).
  • The Sovereign State and Its Competitors: An Analysis of Systems Change. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. (J. David Greenstone Award for best book in History and Politics 1994-1995.)

Select Publications

  • “The Emergence of Nation States.” In Masamichi Sasaki, Jack Goldstone and Ekkart Zimmermann, editors. Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology, Leiden (Neth.): Brill, 2014, pp. 311-320.
  • “Empires, Past and Present: The Relevance of Empire as an Analytic Concept.” In Noel Parker, editor. Empire and International Order. Farnham (UK): Ashgate, 2013.
  • “New Institutionalism and International Relations,” in Ronen Palan, Global Political Economy, London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Indonesia,” in Richard Caplan editor, Exit Strategies and State Building.  Oxford University Press, 2012.

Courses taught

  • Introduction to International Relations (POS 240)
  • Globalization (POS 348)
  • Nationalism and Secession (POS 395)
  • International Relations Theory (POS 440)
  • International Security (POS 445)
  • Nation Building and State Formation (POS 490)