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Michael Hechter

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Foundation Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Biography

Michael Hechter Ph.D. Columbia University. Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Foundation Professor of Political Science. Michael Hechter has taught at the Universities of Washington, Arizona and Oxford. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation, and was a visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen and Llubljana. Hechter is the author of numerous books, including Internal Colonialism: The Celtic Fringe in British National Development, 1536-1966 (1975; 1999); Principles of Group Solidarity (1987); Containing Nationalism (2000), and Alien Rule (2013). He is editor/co-editor of The Microfoundations of Macrosociology (1983); Social Institutions: Their Emergence, Maintenance and Effects (1990); The Origin of Values (1993); Social Norms (2001, 2005); and Theories of Social Order (2003). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Rationality and Society, Sociological Theory, European Sociological Review, and many other journals. His writings have been translated into Italian, Japanese, Hungarian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Georgian.

Research Interests

Hechter's research revolves around three distinct themes. The first concerns the causes of nationalism and group solidarity. This work attempts to account for the political salience of cultural distinctions, especially in advanced societies. A second theme advances rational choice explanations of macrosocial outcomes. A third concerns the role and measurement of individual values in social theory. He is presently working on a book on the causes and consequences of alien rule.

Publications
  • Hechter, Michael. The Modernity of Nationalism. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements (2013).
  • Siroky, David, Valeriy Dzutsev and Michael Hechter. The Differential Demand for Direct Rule: Evidence from the North Caucasus. Post-Soviet Affairs (2013).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule. (2013).
  • Hechter, Michael. Containing Nationalism. (2012).
  • Hechter, Michael. A Theory of Group Solidarity. Contgemporary Sociological Theory (2012).
  • Beissinger, Mark, Michael Hechter and Elise Giuliano. Book Symposium. (2012).
  • Hechter, Michael. Violence Tamed. (2012).
  • Hechter, Michael and Vidal Oriel-Aparicio. Dynamics of Military Occupation. The Handbook of the Political Economy of War. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (with Oriol Vidal-Aparacio), 2011 (2011).
  • Hechter, Michael. The Role of Psychological Assumptions in the Study of Ethnic Politics. (2011).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule in the Longue Durée: A Reply to Coakley, Roeder, and Roshwald. Ethnopolitics (2010).
  • Michael Hechter. Legitimating Alien Rule. Ethnopolitics (2010).
  • Michael Hechter. Societate Si Natiune: Mecanismele Nationalismului. Tratat de Spocilogie Generala (2010).
  • Debra Friedman and Michael Hechter. Moticating Grandparental Investment. (2010).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Amrican Behavioral Scientist (2009).
  • Hechter, Michael. Introduction: Legitimacy in the Modern World. American Behavioral Scientist (2009).
  • Hechter, Michael; Matesan, Ioanna Emy; Hale, Chris. Resistance to Alien Rule in Taiwan and Korea. Nations and Nationalism (2009).
  • Hechter, Michael Horne, Christine. Theories of Social Order. (2009).
  • Hechter, Michael Kabiri, Nikka. The Dilemma of Social Order in Iraq. Social Computing, Behavior Modeling, and Prediction II (2009).
  • . Legitimacy in the Modern World. (2009).
  • Debra Friedman, Michael Hechter, Derek Kreager. A Theory of the Value of Grandchildren. Rationality and Soceity (2008).
  • Michael Hechter. The Rise and Fall of Normative Control. Accounting, Organizations and Society (2008).
  • . . Order, Conflict and Violence (2008).
  • Michael Hechter Nika Kabiri. Attaining Social Order in Iraq. Order, Conflict and Violence (2008).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) . The Role of General Theory in Comparative-historical Sociology. Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences (2006).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) ,Kuyucu, Tuna (Author) ,Sacks, Audrey (Author) . Nationalism and Direct Rule. Handbook of Nations and Nationalism (2006).
  • Michael Hechter. On the 2004 Presidential Elections. Dædalus (2005).
  • Michael Hechter, Hyojoung Kim, Justin Baer. Prediction versus Explanation in the Measurement of Values. European Sociological Review (2005).
  • . . Historiography: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies (2005).
  • Michael Hechter. From Class to Culture. American Journal of Sociology (2004).
  • Michael Hechter. Revue Belge d'Histoire Contemporaine. Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis (2004).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) . Containing Ethnonationalist Violence. Facing Ethnic Conflicts: Towards a New Realism (2004).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) . Toward a Sociological Rational Choice Theory. The Social Sciences and Rationality: Promises, Limits, and Problems (2004).
  • Michael Hechter. A Nacionalizmus Megfékezése(The Restraining of Nationalism). Magyar Kisebség (Hungarian Minority: Journal of Minority Studies) (2003).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman. Rentai no joken: goriteki sentaku riron ni yoru apuroch. (2003).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman, Horne, Christine. Theories of Social Order. (2003).
  • . . Theories of Social Order: A Reader (2003).
  • Michael Hechter, Dina Okamoto. Political Consequences of Minority Group Formation. Annual Review of Political Science (2001).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman, Karl-Dieter, Opp. Social Norms. (2001).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) . Solidarity, Sociology of. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2001).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) ,Borland, Elizabeth (Author) . National Self-Determination: The Emergence of an International Norm. Social Norms (2001).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) ,Karl-Dieter, Opp (Author) . Introduction. Social Norms (2001).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) ,Karl-Dieter, Opp (Author) . What Have We Learned about the Emergence of Norms?. Social Norms (2001).
  • Michael Hechter. Agenda for Sociology at the Start of the 21st Century. Annual Review of Sociology (2000).
  • Michael Hechter. Nationalism and Rationality. Journal of World-Systems Research (2000).
  • Michael Hechter. Nationalism and Rationality. Studies in Comparative International Development (2000).
  • . . Nationalism: A Reader (2000).
  • . . The Management of Durable Relations: Theoretical and Empirical Models of Households and Organizations (2000).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) . The Emergence of Cooperative Social Institutions. Social Theory: Roots and Branches (2000).
  • Hechter, Michael Norman (Author) . The Comparative Analysis of Ethnoregional Movements. Nationalism (1994).
  • Michael Hechter Nika Kabiri. The Sociology of Alien Rule. Social Computing, Behavior Modeling, and Prediction (0).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 320Mechanisms of Governance
POS 494Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 503Global Decision Making Methods
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 394Special Topics
POS 598Special Topics
POS 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 394Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 394Special Topics
POS 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 320Mechanisms of Governance
POS 394Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 320Mechanisms of Governance
POS 498Pro-Seminar
POS 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Hechter, Michael, Steven Pfaff, and Tre Causey. Social Order and the Genesis of Insurgency: Mutiny in the Royal Navy, 1740-1820. Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association (Aug 2013).
  • Hechter, Michael, Steven Pfaff, and Tre Causey. Social Order and the Genesis of Insurgency: Mutiny in the Royal Navy, 1740-1820. International Netword of Analytical Sociologists (Jun 2013).
  • Pfaff, Steven, Michael Hechter and Katie Corcoran. The Problem of Solidarity in Insurgent Collective Action: The Nore Mutiny of 1797. Colloquium of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (May 2013).
  • Hechter, Michael. Chinese Nationalism in the Border Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Symposium on the China-Japan Border Dispute over the Diayou/Senkaku Islands, University of Illinois (Apr 2013).
  • Pfaff, Steven, Michael Hechter and Katie Corcoran. The Problem of Solidarity in Insurgent Collective Action: The Nore Mutiny of 1797. Mini Conference on War and Economic Development, Department of Economics, UCLA (May 2012).
  • Siroky, David and Michael Hechter. Social Structural Roots of Ethnic and Class Conflict. Workshop on Ethnicity and Conflict, Uppsala University (Mar 2012).
  • Hechter, Michael, Steven Pfaff. Mutiny in the Royal Navy, 174-1820. Conference on Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism during the Age of Revolution, Amsterdam (Jun 2011).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Department of Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jun 2010).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Department of Sociology, University of Haifa (Jun 2010).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Visitng Fellowship, Quality of Governance Institute, University of Gothenburg (May 2010).
  • Michael Hechter. The Production of Social Order in the Royal Navy. Colloquium, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona (May 2010).
  • Michael Hechter. Internal Colonialism Revisited. Annual Meetings of the Political Studies Association, Edinburgh UK (Mar 2010).
  • Michael Hechter. The Production of Social Order in the Royal Navy. Center for West European Studies, University of Washington (Feb 2010).
  • Hechter, Michael; Pfaff, Steven. Social Order and the Genesis of Rebellion: Mutiny in the Royal Navy, 1740-1820. Annual Meetings, American Sociological Association (Aug 2009).
  • Hechter, Michael. Four Lectures on Nationalism. International Graduate Summer Seminar in Conflict and Identity, Yale Program on Order and Violence a (Jun 2009).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Institut Barcelona d' Estudis Internacionals, Barcelona, Catalonia (Apr 2009).
  • Michael Hechter. Resistance to Alien Rule in Taiwan and Korea. Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii-Manoa (Nov 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Social Modernization and Global Development, University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania, 2008 (Nov 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Co-organizer. Theoretical Frontiers in Modelling Identity and Conflict, University of Hawaii (Nov 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Resistance to Alien Rule in Taiwan and Korea. Distinguished Lecture, Singapore Management University (Oct 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Rethinking Ethnicity and Ethnic Strife, Central European University/Cornell University, Budapest (Sep 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Session on Nationalism. American Political Association Annual Meetings (Sep 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. International Workshop on Challenges and Visions in the Social Sciences, ETH (Swiss Federal Institu (Aug 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Regular Session on Nationalism. American Sociological Association (Aug 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. The Relatioship between Theory and Method. American Sociological Association, Theoretical Pragmatics: Methodological Challenges (Aug 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Discussant for three papers. China’s Economic Transformation, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago (Aug 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute, Yokahama, Japan (Jun 2008).
  • Michael Hechter. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. UCLA Global Fellows Program (Apr 2008).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security, and Ethnicity (Oct 2006).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. European Academy of Sociology, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (Oct 2006).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule and its Discontents. Laboratory in Comparative Ethnic Processes; Princeton University (May 2006).
  • Hechter, Michael, Friedman, Debra. Rational Choice Approaches in Social Science. Seminar Series in Social Science, School of International Affairs, Beijing University (May 2006).
  • Hechter, Michael. Alien Rule and Its Discontents. Workshop on Politics, Philsophy and Economics, George Mason University (Jan 2006).
  • Hechter, Michael. Lecture at Department of Sociology. University of Edinburgh
  • Hechter, Michael. London School of Economics and Political Science. Lecture
  • Hechter, Michael. Annual Meeting of the American Acounting Association
  • Hechter, Michael. Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Juan March Institute, Madrid, Spain
  • Hechter, Michael. Hokkaido University (Department of Behavioral Science)
  • Hechter, Michael. University of Puget Sound
  • Hechter, Michael. American University (Council on Comparative Studies)
  • Hechter, Michael. Cornell University (Department of Sociology)
  • Hechter, Michael. University of Leipzig (Research Group on Regional Identification)
  • Hechter, Michael. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany
  • Hechter, Michael. Brigham Young University (Department of Sociology)
  • Hechter, Michael. University of British Columbia (Center for West European Studies)
  • Hechter, Michael. University of Ljubljana (Department of Sociology)
  • Hechter, Michael. University of Reading (Department of Sociology)
  • Hechter, Michael. Yale University (Center for Comparative Research)
Service
  • Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Core Faculty (2011 - Present)
  • American Sociological Review, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Ethnopolitics, Conttributing Editor (2010 - Present)
  • Language Probelmens and Language Planning, Contributing Editor (2010 - Present)
  • Legal Theory, Contributing Editor (2010 - Present)
  • Rationality and Society, Contributing Editor (2010 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Conflict Resoluion, Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • American Sociological Review, Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Program Committee, Origins Symposium, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Core Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Core Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • Cambridge University Press, Reviewer for ms. "Foundations of Ethnic Politics," by H. Hale (2006 - Present)
  • Rhodes/Marshall Selection Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • SGS Space Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Yale University, External Reviewer for the Promotion of Associate Professor of Political Science (2006 - Present)
  • Fulbright Fellowship Selection Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • SGS Colloquium Committee, Chair (2006 - Present)
  • Regents' Professor Selection Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • British Journal of Sociology, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • American Journal of Sociology, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • American Political Science Review, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • American Sociological Review, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Dartmouth University, External Reviewer for the Promotion of Assistant Professor of Sociology (2006 - Present)
  • Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, University of Washington, Affiliate (2003 - Present)
  • Contemporary Wales, Contributing Editor (2003 - Present)
  • Contemporary Wales, Member, Editorial Board (2003 - Present)
  • Contemporary Wales, Member, Editorial Board (2003 - Present)
  • Laboratory on Comparative Ethnic Processes (LiCEP), Member (2001 - Present)
  • Ethnopolitics, Contributing Editor (2000 - Present)
  • Ethnopolitics, Member, Editorial Board (2000 - Present)
  • Encyclopedia of Nationalism, Member, International Editorial Board (1997 - Present)
  • Nations and Nationalism, Contributing Editor (1994 - Present)
  • Nations and Nationalism, Contributing Editor (1994 - Present)
  • Nations and Nationalism, Member, Editorial Board (1994 - Present)
  • Legal Theory, Contributing Editor (1993 - Present)
  • Legal Theory, Member, Editorial Board (1993 - Present)
  • Legal theory, Member, Editorial Board (1993 - Present)
  • American Sociological Association, Member, Nominating Committee, Section on Theoretical Sociology (1988 - Present)
  • Rationality and Society, contributing Editor (1988 - Present)
  • Rationality and Society, Contributing Editor (1988 - Present)
  • Rationality and Society, Member, Editorial Board (1988 - Present)
  • Language Problems and Language Planning, Contributing Editor (1976 - Present)
  • Language Problems and Language Planning, Member, Editorial Board (1976 - Present)
  • Language Problems and Language Planning, Member, Editorial Board (1976 - Present)
  • Nations and Nationalism, Contributing Editor (01-2010 - Present)
  • School of Politics and Global Studies, Chair, Search Committee for Middle East Studies position (2013 - 2013)
  • SGS PhD planning committee, Chair (2005 - 2007)
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York, Expert witness in the case of Torres v. New York State Board of Elections (2004 - 2004)
  • American Sociological Association, Member, Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Committee (2001 - 2003)
  • Participant in the Public Radio International program, To the Point, on the terrorist attacks in the United States (2001 - 2001)