Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations
Director, Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies
PhD, University of California, San Diego
Doctorandus, University of Leiden
Professor Spruyt is Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations, and Director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. He 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 Law Faculty at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) in 1983, and his Ph. D from the University of California, San Diego in 1991.
He is the author of The Sovereign State and Its Competitors (Princeton University Press, 1994) which won the J. David Greenstone Prize for best book in History and Politics 1994-96. His book Ending Empire: Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition (Cornell University Press 2005) was a runner up for the Greenstone Prize in 2006. He is also the author of the textbook Global Horizons (University of Toronto, 2009) and.co-author with Alexander Cooley of Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2009). Spruyt has published, a.o., in the journals International Organization, The Review of Political Economy, The European Journal of Public Policy, Acta Politica, The Pacific Review, The Review of International Studies (UK), International Studies Review (US), and The Journal of Peace Research. Professor Spruyt has also contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes.
He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has received research support from the Josephine de Karman Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Professor Spruyt is also former co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy.
His research intersects comparative politics with international relations and focuses particularly on the formation of polities and their disintegration; and the rise and demise of territorial sovereignty.