Kalyvas, Stathis N. 1964-

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Kalyvas, Stathis N. 1964-


Born 1964. Education: University of Athens, B.A., 1986; University of Chicago, M.A., 1990, Ph.D., 1993.


Office—Department of Political Science, Yale University, P.O. Box 208301, New Haven, CT 06520-8301. E-mail—[email protected].


Ohio State University, Columbus, assistant professor of political science, 1993; New York University, New York, NY, assistant professor of political science, 1994-2000; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, associate professor of political science, 2000-03; Yale University, New Haven, CT, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and director of the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence, 2003—, codirector of the Hellenic Studies Program, 2004—, acting director of the Council of European Studies, 2005—. Center for Advanced Social Studies, Juan March Institute, Madrid, Spain, visiting professor, 1998, 2002.


National Scholarship of Greece, 1982-85; Fulbright scholarship, 1988-89; University of Chicago fellowship, 1989-92, dissertation prize, 1993-94; dissertation award, Council of Graduate Schools, 1992-94; research grant (declined), Ohio State University, 1994; Mary Parker Follett Prize (shared), American Political Science Association, 1994; New York University research grants, 1995, 1999; J. David Greenstone Prize, American Political Science Association, 1997, for The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe; Jean Monnet fellowship, European University Institute (Florence, Italy), 1997-98; Gregory Luebbert Best Article Award, American Political Science Association, 1999; Guggenheim Foundation grant, 2000; World Bank research grant, 2001; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences fellow; United States Institute of Peace grant (shared), 2005.


The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe ("Wilder House Series in Politics, History, and Culture"), Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1996.

The Logic of Violence in Civil War ("Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics" series), Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to books, including After the War Was Over: Reconstructing Family, State, and Nation in Greece, 1944-1960, edited by Mark Mazower, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2000; European Christian Democracy: Historical Legacies and Comparative Perspectives, edited by Thomas A. Kselman and Joseph Buttigieg, Notre Dame University Press (Notre Dame, IN), 2003; and Making Sense of Suicide Missions, edited by Diego Gambetta, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2005. Contributor to academic journals, including Journal of Ethics, Security Studies, Eastern European Politics and Societies, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Rationality and Society, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, and Politics and Society.


Stathis N. Kalyvas is a professor of political science whose research has been published in English, Greek, Spanish, and Italian. He is also the author of volumes that include The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe, in which he puts forth his theories regarding politics and religion. He considers how Catholic-oriented religious parties were able to become established and grow in Western Europe during the late 1800s and early 1900s in opposition to the wishes of both the Catholic Church and conservative parties. Kalyvas examines these lay confessional parties in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands, and notes why such a party was never established in France.

His fluency in languages enabled Kalyvas to write a study of a depth seldom attempted on his chosen subject. Kees van Kersbergen noted in the American Political Science Review that Kalyvas's "thesis is that confessional party formation was the contingent and unintended outcome of the strategic moves made by the Catholic Church and conservative politicians in response to the liberal anticlericalism of the late nineteenth century. The author convincingly shows that the rational calculus of costs and benefits by the church and the conservatives in this ‘game’ led them both to oppose the formation of confessional parties."

Anthony Gill concluded his evaluation of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe in the American Journal of Sociology by writing: "Kalyvas's work demands a wide audience. This is a superb piece of scholarship that works at many levels. Methodologically, it provides an exemplary blend of deductive theory building and empirical analysis. Theoretically, Kalyvas widens the scope of rational choice theory with his focus on explaining unintended consequences. Substantively, it should interest scholars studying a wide array of topics, including secularization, the intersection of religion and politics, and the formation of social movements."



American Journal of Sociology, September, 1997, Anthony Gill, review of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe, 472.

American Political Science Review, March, 1998, Kees van Kersbergen, review of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe, p. 249.

Journal of Church and State, autumn, 1998, Maria Mitchell, review of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe, p. 896.


Yale University Department of Political Science Web site,http://www.yale.edu/polisci/ (October 24, 2006), brief biography of Stathis N. Kalyvas.