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Jeffrey Kopstein

Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine

Jeffrey Kopstein is a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Munich. In his research, Professor Kopstein focuses on democracy and interethnic violence, voting patterns of minority groups, and anti-liberal tendencies in civil society, paying special attention to cases within European and Russian Jewish history. These interests are central topics in his latest books, Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2018) and Politics, Violence, Memory: The New Social Science of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2023). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Scholars Program, and the United States Department of Defense. In 2021–2022 he was the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Jeffrey Kopstein.

Expertise & Interests

  • Democracy
  • Interethnic violence
  • Voting patterns of minority groups
  • Anti-liberal tendencies in civil society
  • European and Russian Jewish history