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Matthias vom Hau

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Associate Professor and Research Fellow Ramón y Cajal

Master's in International Development Co-coordinator

Biography

Matthias is an Associate Professor and Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). A sociologist by training, he has a PhD (2007) from Brown University and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester. He has also been a visiting researcher at Princeton University, the Freie Universität and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, the Universidad de San Martín (UNSAM) and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) in Lima.

Matthias’ work is centrally concerned with the relationship between identity politics, institutions, and development, with a comparative-historical focus on Latin America. He has published widely on how states construct a sense of national belonging, how civil society actors negotiate and contest official nationalisms, and the extent to which ordinary citizens subscribe to official and counter-state identity projects. A second line of research explores the long-run developmental consequences of state formation in Latin America, while his third line of work is equally historical and corrects for the fundamentally ahistorical approach that underpins the supposedly negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision. His most recent research investigates the rise and consequences of indigenous movements in Latin America and beyond.

Background and education

  • (2007) PhD, Brown University
  • (2000) BA, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Awards

2017Editorial Best Paper Award by Comparative Political Studies (CPS).

2016Ramón y Cajal Research Fund, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. July 2016– December 2020.

2007Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, Brown University.

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • American Political Science Association (APSA): Sections on Comparative Politics and Qualitative and Mixed Methods
  • American Sociological Association (ASA): Sections on Comparative and Historical Sociology, Political Sociology and Sociology of Development
  • Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • Research Associate, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) 

Research

Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Political Sociology
  • Historical Sociology
  • International Development
  • Nationalism
  • Ethnic Politics
  • Social Movements
  • States and State Formation
  • Land governance
  • Qualitative Methods

Selected publications

  • vom Hau, Matthias2018.The Political Mediation of Indigenous Land Conflicts in Argentina.In: Rami Zurayk, Eckart Woertz and Rachel Bahn, edsCrisis and Conflict in Agriculture.(pp. 261-275).Wallingford, UK:CAB International
  • Abbott, Jared A.; Soifer, Hillel; vom Hau, Matthias

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    2017Transforming the Nation? The Bolivarian Education Reform in Venezuela.Forthcoming (Fall 2017) with the Journal of Latin American Studies.,Link
  • Singh, Prerna; vom Hau, Matthias (equal co-authors)

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    2016Ethnicity in Time: Politics, History, and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods ProvisionComparative Political Studies,49:10:1303-1340Link
  • Bastia, Tanja; vom Hau, Matthias (equal co-authors)

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    2014Migration, Race, and Nationhood in Argentina.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,40: 3:475-492Link
  • vom Hau, Matthias.2013Nationalism and War Commemoration - A Latin American Exceptionalism?Nations and Nationalism,19: 1:146-166Link
  • vom Hau, Matthias; Wilde, Guillermo (equal co-authors)

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    2010We Have Always Lived Here: Indigenous Movements, Citizenship, and Poverty in Argentina.Journal of Development Studies,46: 7:1283-1303Link
  • vom Hau, Matthias.2009Unpacking the School: Textbooks, Teachers, and the Construction of Nationhood in Mexico, Argentina, and Peru.Latin American Research Review,44: 3:127-154Link
  • vom Hau, Matthias.2008State Infrastructural Power and Nationalism: Comparative Lessons from Mexico and Argentina.Studies in Comparative International Development,43: 3-4:334-354Link
  • vom Hau, Matthias; Soifer, Hillel (equal co-authors)

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    2008Unpacking the Strength of the State: The Utility of State Infrastructural Power.Studies in Comparative International Development,43: 3-4:219-230Link
  • Lange, Matthew; Mahoney, James; vom Hau, Matthias

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    2006Colonialism and Development: A Comparative Analysis of Spanish and British Colonies.American Journal of Sociology,111:5:1412-1462Link
  • Itzigsohn, José; vom Hau, Matthias (equal co-authors)

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    2006Unfinished Imagined Communities: States, Social Movements, and Nationalism in Latin America.Theory and Society,35:193-212Link