Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
Professor Spruyt previously taught International Relations at Columbia University (1991-1999) and Arizona State University (1999-2003) before joining the faculty at Northwestern (2003-present). He has been a visiting faculty member at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po). He received a Doctorandus from the University of Leiden, School of Law, (The Netherlands) in 1983, and his Ph. D in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 1991. He was chair of the Department of Political Science at Northwestern from 2005-2008, and Director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies from 2008-2013. Professor Spruyt has also served as co-editor of "The Review of International Political Economy."
He has published, among others, "The Sovereign State and Its Competitors" (Princeton University Press, 1994) which won the J. David Greenstone Prize for best book in History and Politics 1994-96. His book "Ending Empire: Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition" (Cornell University Press 2005) was a runner up for the Greenstone Prize in 2006. He is also the author of the textbook "Global Horizons" (University of Toronto, 2009); co-author with Alexander Cooley of "Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations" (Princeton University Press, 2009), and co-editor with Miriam Elman, and Oded Haklai, of "Democracy, Religion, and Conflict: the Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking." Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013.
Among his recent publications and papers are: "Empires, Past and Present: The Relevance of Empire as an Analytic Concept,” in Noel Parker, ed. "Empire and International Order." Farnham (UK): Ashgate, 2013; “New Institutionalism and International Relations,” in Ronen Palan, ed. "Global Political Economy." London: Routledge, 2012; “Indonesia,” in Richard Caplan, ed. "Exit Strategies and State Building." Oxford University Press, 2012.
He is currently working on two book length projects. One project focuses on national integration of multi-ethnic militaries. The second is a study of international systemic orders across history and in different regions. A recently completed essay focused on the consequences of fiscal reform, following the 2008 crisis, on sovereignty of the EU member states.