Daniel Chirot

Professor Emeritus
Daniel Chirot


Daniel Chirot 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 (Princeton University Press 2010). He is also the co-author of a new book called The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World, coming out with Princeton University Press in the spring of 2015. This book is about the old and continuing struggle between liberating Enlightenment ideals, their opponents, and how this conflict of ideas has shaped our current global political environment. He has 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.


  • Columbia University, Ph. D., Sociology, 1973
  • Harvard University, B.A., Social Studies, 1964

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