Jack A. Goldstone (PhD Harvard) is the Virginia E.   and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Previously, Dr. Goldstone was on the faculty of Northwestern University and the University of California, and has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and the California Institute of Technology.  He is the author of Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World, awarded the 1993 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award of the American Sociological Association; Why Europe? The Rise of the West in World History; and nine other books as well as over one hundred research articles on topics in politics, social movements, democratization, and long-term social change.  He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, and written for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Al-Hayat and the International Herald Tribune.

Dr. Goldstone has worked extensively on forecasting global conflict and terrorism, and with the US Agency for International Development and the World Bank on providing democracy assistance to fragile states.  His recent essay in Foreign Affairs, “The New Population Bomb” has received world-wide attention.  He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford University, and won Fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.   His current research focuses on conditions for building democracy and stability in developing nations, the impact of population change on the global economy and international security, and the cultural origins of modern economic growth. Goldstone is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory board of the Council’s Center for Preventive Action.  His latest book is Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Oxford U. Press, 2011).  He blogs regularly on global trends and world events at www.newpopulationbomb.com.


Areas of Expertise
• Revolutions and Social Movements
• Comparative Economic Development
• Comparative Politics
• Conflict and Rebellion
• Democracy
• Fragile States
• Political Demography