john markoff

university of pittsburgh, department of sociology

2G03 wesley w. posvar hall, pittsburgh pa 15260

phone: 412-648-7570; fax: 412-648-2799

office: 2L22 wwph




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My research concerns the history of democratization, considered as a multi-continental process across several centuries. As national states became stronger, elite powerholders have been challenged by the actions of those resisting the plans and practices of those on high. The forms of challenge have taken many forms, from peasant insurrections to the social movements that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Iíve done a good deal of work on one very important episode, the French Revolution, and have also written on Latin American politics. More recently I have been exploring a broader geographic and temporal perspective. My current projects focus on three things: 1) the ways in which social movements and democratization have become profoundly intertwined; 2) transnational aspects of democratization including the implications of globalization for the future of democracy; and 3) the ways in which the meaning of democracy has altered in social struggles.