PIIRS Acting Director Mark Beissinger Awarded Guggenheim
Mark Beissinger, current acting director of PIIRS and the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, is the recipient of a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work in political science on social movements and imperialism in Russia and the post-Soviet states. His Guggenheim project, “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt,” concerns how revolution as a mode of regime-change has evolved globally over the past century — and in particular, the impact of urbanization on the incidence, forms, processes and consequences of mass revolt.
In his proposal to the foundation, Beissinger wrote that he intends to complete the writing of a book on “the growth and urbanization of mass revolt around the world and the evolving character of revolution as a mode of regime‐change.”
Throughout his scholarly career, Beissinger’s main areas of interest have focused on social movements, revolutions, nationalism, state-building and imperialism, with particular geographic focus on Russia and the post-Soviet states. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author or editor of five books. His book, Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State (Cambridge University Press, 2002), received multiple awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published in the United States in the field of government, politics or international affairs, and the Mattei Dogan Award for the best book published in the field of comparative research. Much of Beissinger’s work has engaged the interaction between structure and agency in the realm of collective action. Among other topics, he has written on the transnational diffusion of revolt, the dynamic and eventful processes occurring within episodes of contentious action, and the coalitional politics underpinning contemporary revolutions.
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The fellowships were established by United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year and approximately 175 fellowships are awarded each year.