Daniel Chirot

Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies
Professor Dan Chirot


Daniel Chirot, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School, has authored books about social change, ethnic and nationalist conflicts, Eastern Europe, and tyranny. He co-authored Why Not Kill Them All? about political mass murder. He has co-authored a new book to be called The Shape of the New: Ideas in the Making of our World from Enlightenment to Reaction, coming out with Princeton University Press in 2015. He has also edited or co-edited books on Leninism’s decline, on entrepreneurial ethnic minorities, on ethnopolitical warfare, on the economic history of Eastern Europe, and on memories of World War II. He teaches courses on these same topics and on American security policies. He founded the journal East European Politics and Societies and has received help from, among others, the John Simon Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations and from the US State Department. He has consulted for the US Government, the Ford Foundation, CARE, and other NGOs in Eastern Europe and West Africa. He has a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Columbia.