EVANSTON, Ill. --- Hendrik Spruyt, chair of the department of political science at Northwestern University, has been reappointed the Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations. His research intersects comparative politics with international relations and includes particularly the formation of polities and their disintegration; and the rise and demise of sovereignty.
Spruyt is currently working on a book length manuscript applying incomplete contracting theory to diverse issues as decolonization, overseas basing and regional integration.
He is the author of “The Sovereign State and Its Competitors” (Princeton 1994), which won the J. David Greenstone Prize for best book in history and politics 1994-96. His most recent book is “Ending Empire: Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition” (Cornell University Press 2005).
Spruyt has also published many journal articles in International Organization, The Review of Political Economy, The European Journal of Public Policy, Acta Politica, The Pacific Review, among others. He has contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes.
In 1997-1998 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has received research support from the Josephine de Karman Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Spruyt is former co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy.
Before joining the faculty at Northwestern in 2004, Spruyt taught International Relations at Columbia University (1991-1999) and at Arizona State University (1999-2003).