Brustein, William I. 1947-

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BRUSTEIN, William I. 1947-

PERSONAL: Born July 13, 1947, in Fairfield, CT; son of Isadore Louis (a journalist) and Flora (an accountant; maiden name, Forman) Brustein; married Yvonne Christine Ramey, February 14, 1981; children: Arielle, Maximilian. Education: University of Connecticut, B.A. (with distinction), 1969; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.A. (international studies), 1971; University of Washington, Seattle, M.A. (sociology), 1977, Ph.D., 1981. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—5 Old Timber Tr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Office—4408 Posvar Hall, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; fax: 412-624-4672. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Writer. University of Washington, Seattle, instructor, 1979–81, Stewart Carter Dodd Instructor in Sociology, 1979–80; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, assistant professor, 1981–87, associate professor of sociology, 1987–88; University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, Minneapolis, assistant professor, 1988–89, associate professor, 1989–94, professor of sociology, adjunct professor of political science, and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology, 1994–2000, McKnight Distinguished University Professor, 2000, department head, 1995–98, director of Center for European Studies, 1992–95; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, professor of sociology, political science, and history and director of University Center for International Studies, 2000–. Lecturer at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1989, University of California, Davis, 1990, University of Arizona, 1992, 1996, University of Strathclyde, 1992, North Dakota State University and University of Iowa, 1993, University of Colorado and Purdue University, 1994, Eotvos Lorand University, Louisiana State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, 1996, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and University of Helsinki, 1997. Jewish Family Service, member of board of directors, 1991–96. Member of editorial board, Social Science History, 1994–97, and American Journal of Sociology, 1997–2000.

MEMBER: International Sociological Association, American Sociological Association (member of council, Comparative Historical Sociology Section, 1987–91, and Political Sociology Section, 1988–91), Sociological Research Association, American Political Science Association, Association of American Geographers, Council for European Studies, Social Science History Association, German Studies Association, Pacific Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Association, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Social Science Research Council fellow in Europe, 1978–79; Fulbright fellow in Europe, 1988–89; National Science Foundation grants, 1990–92, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1999–2002; presidential fellow, Salzburg Seminar, 1993–94; James S. Coleman Distinguished Contribution to Rational-Choice scholar, American Sociological Association, 1997, for The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925–1933; included in Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota.


The Social Origins of Political Regionalism: France, 1849 to 1981, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1988.

The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925–1933, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1996.

Roots of Hate: Anti-Semitism in Europe before the Holocaust, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor to books, including The Microfoundations of Macrosociology, edited by Michael Hechter, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1983; Social Institutions: Their Emergence, Maintenance, and Effects, edited by Michael Hechter, K.-D. Opp, and R. Wippler, Aldine (New York, NY), 1990; The Rise of National Socialism and the Working Classes in Weimar Germany, edited by Conan Fischer, Berghahn Books (Providence, RI), 1996; and Reworking Class: Cultures and Institutions of Economic Stratification and Agency, edited by J. R. Hall, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1997. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including American Journal of Sociology, Research on Democracy and Society, Political Geography, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Rationality and Society, Peasant Studies, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Research in Political Sociology. Editor, American Behavioral Scientist, 1998.

SIDELIGHTS: William I. Brustein told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to inform and challenge the conventional wisdom. I have been inspired to write by dissatisfaction with existing literature on topics and a desire to solve macro-historical puzzles."