Andreas Wimmer

Andreas Wimmer

Research Interests


Andreas Wimmer’s research brings a long term historical and globally comparative perspective to the questions of how states are built and nations formed, how racial and ethnic hierarchies form or dissolve in the process, and when this will result in conflict and war. Most recently, he is trying to understand how ideas and institutions travel across the world and with what consequences. Using new methods and data, he continues the old search for historical patterns that repeat across contexts and times. He has pursued this agenda through the fields of anthropology, sociology, and political science and using multiple methods, from qualitative to quantitative, from small to large N, from online experiments to offline ethnography. For more information as well as downloadable articles and datasets see

Selected Publications

Nation Building

Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart.

Andreas Wimmer
Power and pride

“Power and pride: National identity and ethnopolitical inequality around the world”

Andreas Wimmer
Social Forces

"National trauma and the fear of foreigners: How past geopolitical threat heightens anti-immigration sentiment today"

Wesley Hiers
Thomas Soehl
Andreas Wimmer