John A. Hall

Photo of John HallJames McGill Professor of Sociology

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 735
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

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Research Areas

Nations, states and empires; nationalism and war; the economic consequences of the size of nations; sociological theory.



(PhD, London School of Economics, 1976; MA, Pennsylvania State, 1972; BA, Oxford University, 1970). Professor, at McGill University since 1991. 

Prof. Hall has held previous posts at Southampton University, the London School of Economics and Harvard University. His publications include The Sociology of Literature, Longmans, 1979; Diagnoses of Our Time, Heinemann, 1981; Powers and Liberties, Blackwell, 1985; Liberalism, Paladin, 1988; The State, (co-authored with G. J. Ikenberry), Minnesota, 1989; Coercion and Consent, Polity, 1994; International Orders, Polity, 1996; Is America Breaking Apart? Princeton (co-authored with Charles Lindholm), 1999; he has edited collections dealing with the state, the rise of capitalism, the social philosophy of Ernest Gellner, the theory of nationalism and the nature of civil society. At present he is writing on the interaction between nations, states and empires. He was an Invited Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (SCASSS) in Uppsala, Sweden, during the 1999-2000 academic year, Visiting Research Professor (1999-2002) at Queen's University in Belfast, and the Fowler Hamilton Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford in 2003. He has been an Honorary Professor of Sociology and Politics at the University of Copenhagen since 2001. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts 2003-2005. His book titled "Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography" was published in 2010 and longlisted for the Orwell Prize.

His doctoral students have worked on diverse topics such as nationalism and state education systems, the social background of the Bolsheviks, Islamic sects in modern Turkey, and nationalism in Quebec and Scotland. In 2001, he became the James McGill Professor of comparative Historical Sociology. In 2004, he was awarded the Prix Marcel Vincent. He is currently also a member of the Globalization and National Security Project


Selected Publications


Campbell, John L. and Hall, J. A. (in press). Fragilities of Capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Campbell, John L. and Hall, J. A. (2017). The Paradox of Vulnerability : States, Nationalism, and the Financial Crisis. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Hall, J.A. (2015). The World of States, Co-author J. Campbell, Bloomsbury.

Hall, J.A. (2013). Nationalism and War, co-edited with S. Malesevic, Cambridge University Press.

Hall, J.A. (2013). The Struggle for Political Decency. Princeton University Press.

Hall, J.A. (2013). The Importance of Being Civil:  The Struggle for Political Decency. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Hall, J.A. (2011). Power in the Twenty-First Century: Michael Mann in Conversation with John Hall, Polity, pp. 180.

Hall, J.A. (2010). Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography, Verso, pp. 400.

Hall, J.A. and R. Schroeder, Eds. (2006). An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-409. Contains my `Political Questions’.

Campbell, J.L., J.A. Hall and O.K. Pedersen, Eds. (2006). National Identity and the Varieties of Capitalism: The Danish Experience. Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 1-525. Contains a co-authored introduction.

Hall, J.A. and F. Trentmann, Eds. (2005). Civil Society: A Reader. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-320. Contains a co-authored introduction and much editorial material.

Hall, J.A. and J. Bryant, Eds. (2005). Historical Methods in the Social Sciences. London; Thousand Oaks, Sage. 4 vols. Contains much co-authored editorial material

Hall, J.A., Paul, T.V. Paul and Ikenberry, G.J., Eds. (2003). The Nation-State in Question. Princeton University Press, pp. 1-384. Contains my introduction, 'Nation-States in History'.

Hall, J.A and Paul, T.V.(1999) International Order and the Future of World Politics. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-421. Contains a co-authored introduction, together with our 'Preconditions for Prudence: A Sociological Synthesis of Realism and Liberalism' and 'Conclusion: The State and the Future of World Politics'.

Hall, J.A. and Lindholm, C. (1999). Is America Breaking Apart? Princeton, Princeton University Press, pp. 1-162. Paperback edition 2001, with a new preface.

Hall, J.A. (1998). The State of the Nation: Ernest Gellner and the Theory of Nationalism. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-317. Contains my introduction. Translated into Spanish.

Hall, J.A. and Jarvie, I.C., Eds. (1996) The Social Philosophy of Ernest Gellner. Amsterdam, Rodopi, pp. 1-739. Contains a co-authored introduction.

Hall, J.A. (1996). International Orders. Cambridge, Polity Press, pp. 1-210.

Hall, J.A. (1995). Civil Society: Theory, History, Comparison. Cambridge, Polity Press, pp. 1-336. Contains my 'In Search of Civil Society'.

Hall, J.A. (1994). Coercion and Consent: Studies on the Modern State. Cambridge, Polity Press, pp. 1-223. Includes revised versions of five previously published essays, an introduction, new essays entitled 'A Curious Stability', 'An Absolute Collapse', and 'The Weary Titan? Arms and Empire, 1870-1913', and a conclusion on 'The State of Post-Modernism'.

Hall, J.A. (1993). The State. London, Routledge. 3 vols. Contains my general introduction, 'Understanding States', and shorter introductions to various thematic sections.

Hall, J.A., Gellner, E., and Jarvie, I.C. (1992). Transition to Modernity: Essays on Power, Wealth and Belief. Cambridge; New York, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-383. Contains a co-authored introduction, and my 'Peace, peace at last?'.

Hall, J.A. and Ikenberry, G.J. (1989). The State. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 1-125. Open University Press. Translated into Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Chinese and Turkish.

Baechler, J., Hall, J.A., Mann, M., Eds. (1988). Europe and the Rise of Capitalism. Oxford; New York, Basil Blackwell, pp. 1-249. Contains my 'States and societies: the miracle in comparative perspective'. Translated into Portuguese.

Hall, J.A. (1987). Liberalism: Politics, Ideology and the Market. London, Paladin Grafton, pp. 1-256. University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

Hall, J.A. Ed. (1986). States in History. Oxford; New York, Basil Blackwell, pp. 1-317). Translated into Portuguese.

Hall, J.A., Ed. (1986). Rediscoveries: Some Neglected Modern European Political Thinkers. Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-217. Contains my introduction.

Hall, J.A., (1985) Powers and Liberties: The Causes and Consequences of the Rise of the West. Oxford, Basil Blackwell, pp. 1-272. Penguin, 1986 and 1992; University of California, 1986. Translated into Spanish.

Hall, J.A., (1981). Diagnoses of Our Time: Six Views of Our Social Condition. London, Heinemann Educational Books, pp. 1-283.

Hall, J.A., (1979). The Sociology of Literature. London; NY, Longman, pp. 1-162. Translated into Italian.

In Preparation

Hall, J.A. The Best Laid Plans: Essays in Social Theory. Princeton University Press.

Articles and Chapters

Hall, J.A. (in press). “The End of Empires”, in The Oxford World History of Empire, edited by P. Bang, C.A. Bayly and W. Scheidel. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Merand, F. and Hall, J.A. (2019) “Variable Geometry: Power and Institutions in the European Union” in International Institutions and Power Politics: Bridging the Divide, edited by T.V. Paul and A. Wivel. Washington, Georgetown University Press.

Hall, J.A. (2019) “Reflections and Responses” in States and Nations, Power and Civility: Hallsian Perspectives (pp. 303-324), edited by F. Duina. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Hall, J.A. (2018) “Our Current Sense of Anxiety” in The Impact of Critical Rationalism: Essays for I.C. Jarvie (pp. 71-80), edited by N. Laor and R. Sassower. London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Campbell, John L. and Hall, J. A. (2018) “Governance, Knowledge and Crisis in the Developed World: The Use of Expertise in the 2008 Financial Meltdown” in Order and Governance in the Contemporary World (pp. 131-158), edited by Z. Yongnian. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.

Hall, J. A. (2019). Our current sense of anxiety or after Gellner. Nations and Nationalism, 25(1), 45-57.

Hall, J. A. (2018). The Chinese Pattern of the Past, in Comparative Perspective. Chinese Sociological Review, 1-6.

Hall, J. A. (2018). A Belated Education. Czech Sociological Review, 54(3), 456-459.

Cohen, S. and Hall, J. A. (Eds). (2017). “Jewish Conditions, Theories of Nationalism” [Introduction to Special Issue]. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 30, 119-217.

Hall, J. A. (2017). Taking megalomanias seriously: Rough notes. Thesis Eleven, 139(1), 30-45.

Hall, J.A. (2011). Nationalism Might Change its Character, Again’, chapter 3 in D. Halikiopoulou and S. Vasilopoulou, eds, Nationalism and Globalisation: Conflicting or Contemporary, Routledge.

Hall, J.A. (2011). 'Empires, Ancient and Modern’, British Journal of Sociology, vol. 62, September, pp. 542-550.

Hall, J.A. (2011). ‘British Sociology:  Gains and Losses’, Sociological Research Online (Special Issue co-edited by J. Brewer and J. Platt on sociological diasporas), vol. 16, August,

Hall, J.A. (2011). 'Measuring Cultural Diversity: Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Fractionalization in the OECD’, (with N. Patsiurko and J.L. Campbell), Ethnic and Racial Studies, July, pp. 1-23.

Hall, J.A. (2011). `The Nature of Sophisticated Realism: Raymond Aron and International Relations’, Journal of Classical Sociology. vol. 11. May, pp. 191-201.

Hall, J.A. (2010). ‘State Failure’ for The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis, ed. G. Morgan, J. Campbell, C. Crouch, P.H. Kristensen, O. Pedersen and R. Whitley, Oxford University Press.

Hall, J.A. (2009). ‘The Political Economy of Scale and Nation, with Special Reference to Denmark’, (with J.L. Campbell), in M. Boss, ed., The Nation-State in Transformation: The Governance, Growth and Cohesion of Small States under Globalization, Aarhus, Aarhus University Press

Hall, J.A. (2009). ‘Defending the Gellnerian Premise: Denmark in Historical and Comparative Context (with J.L. Campbell), Nations and Nationalism, vol. 15.

Hall, J.A. (2009). ‘Liberal Limits to Identity’, in G. Yair and O. Gazit, eds, Globalization, States and Citizenship, Jerusalem, Magnes.

Hall, J.A. (2009). 'National Identity and the Political Economy of Small States’ (with J.L. Campbell), Review of International Political Economy, vol. 16.

Hall, J.A. (2008). ‘Modern Ideologies’, in Y. Kim, ed., Transformative Challenges: Modern Civilization and Beyond, The Global Academy, Seoul.

Hall, J.A. (2008). ‘Islam and Democracy’, Sociological Forum, vol . 23.

Hall, J.A. (2008). ‘Liberal Limits to Identity’, in G. Yair and O. Gazit, eds, Globalization, States and Citizenship, Brill.

Hall, J.A. (2008). 'Liberal Machiavellianism' for a Festschrift for Ove K. Pederson, edited by P. Nedergaard and J.L. Campbell. Institutions and Politics, DJOF.

Hall, J.A and J.L. Campbell (2008). Difference and the Danes: Notes on Work-in-Progress'. Tidsskriftet Politik.

Hall, J.A (2007). 'Passions within reason'. in J. Anderson, G.J. Ikenberry and T. Risse, Eds. The End of the West? Explaining the Deep Structure of the Transatlantic Order. Cornell University Press.

Hall, J.A (2007). 'Gellner’s Metaphysic'. Ernest Gellner: Critical Perspectives, Ed. M. Haugaard and S. Malesevic. Cambridge University Press.

Hall, J.A. (2006). ‘A Schizophrenic Class Background’, in S. turner and A. Sica, eds, The Disobedient Generation: ‘68ers and the Transformation of Social Theory, University of Chicago Press.

'Hall, J.A., (2006). 'Structural Approaches to Nations and Nationalism', in K. Kumar and G. Delanty, Eds. The Sage Handbook of Nations and Nationalism. London; Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Hall, J.A., (2006). 'Plaidoyer pour L’Europe des Patries', in R. Rogowski and C. Turner, Eds. The Shape of the New Europe, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 107-124.

Malesevic, S. and Hall, J.A., (2005). 'Citizenship, Ethnicity, Nation-States' in C. Calhoun, C. Rojek and B. Turner, Eds. The Handbook of Sociology, 561-578. London, Sage.

Hall, J.A., (2005). 'Michael Mann', in G. Ritzer, Ed. The Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Hall, J.A., (2005). 'Reliable Uncertainty', 42-6, Kritika & Kontext. 29.

Hall, J.A., (2005). 'A Guarded Welcome'. British Journal of Sociology. 56: 379-381.

Hall, J.A., (2005). 'The Sociology of Power and Justice: Coming of Age in the Sixties'., in S. Turner and A. Sica, Eds. The Disobedient Generation: Social Theories in the Sixties. 114-129. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Hall, J.A., (2004). 'Ernest Andre Gellner, 1925-1995'. Proceedings of the British Academy. 120: 151-172.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'The Politics of Modernity', in O. Osterud and F. Engelstad, Eds. Power and Democracy: Critical Interventions. 131-150. Aldershot, Ashgate Press.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'Conditions for National Homogenizers', 15-32, in U. Ozkirimli, Ed. Nationalism and Its Futures. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'Nationalism in the New Economy', in A. Breton and J. Reitz, Eds. Globalization and Society: Processes of Differentiation Examined. 249-256. Westport, Praeger.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'A Question of Identity: Some Reflections on Empires and Nations in the North Atlantic', in B. Morrison, Ed. Transnational Democracy in Critical and Comparative Perspective: Democracy's Range Reconsidered. 55-66. Aldershot, Ashgate.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'Nationalisms and Markets'. Quaderni di Scienza politica. 3.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'Penser la Guerre, Clausewitz', in A. van den Berg and H. Meadwell, Eds. The Social Sciences and Rationality: Promise, Limits, and Problems. London, Transaction Publishers.

Hall, J.A. (2003). 'Grand Strategy and the State of the Nation-State'. Website of Yale’s Centre for Strategic Studies: 1-28.

Hall, J.A., (2003). 'A Perpetual and Restless Desire of Power after Power'. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 28: 561-569.

Hall, J.A. and Smith, Michael, (2002). 'The Political and Economic Consequences of Mr Keynes'. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 27: 245-268.

Hall, J.A., (2002). 'Transatlantic Images of Belonging'. 53-65. U. Hedetoft and M. Hjort, Eds. The Postnational Self: Belonging and Identity. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.

Hall, J.A., (2002). 'A Disagreement about Difference'. 181-94. S. Malesevic and M. Haugaard, Eds. Making Sense of Collectivity: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalisation. Pluto.

Hall, J.A., (2001). 'Confessions of a Eurocentric'. International Sociology. 16: 488-497. Reprinted in S. Arjomand and E.A. Tiryakian, Eds. Rethinking Civilization Analysis. Sage. 2004.

Hall, J.A., (2001). 'Il mondo degli Stati'. 5-20. V. Parsi and G.J. Ikenberry. Eds. Manuale delle Relazioni Internazionale. Bari, Laterza.

Hall, J.A., (2001). 'The Return of the State'. SSRC Website 'After September 11th'. 1-9. Translated into Turkish.

Hall, J.A., (2001). 'Liberalism and Statelessness: Quebec in Contexts'. 42-53. Scottish Affairs. Special Issue 2001. 'Stateless Nations in the 21st Century: Scotland, Catalonia and Quebec', Eds. J. MacInnes and D. McCrone.

Lindholm, C. and Hall, J.A., (2000). 'Frank Capra Meets John Doe: Anti-Politics in American National Identity'. M. Hjort and S. MacKenzie, Eds. Cinema and the Nation. 32-44. London, Routledge.

Hall, J.A., (2000). 'Reflections on the Making of Civility in Society'. F. Trentmann, Ed. Paradoxes of Civil Society: New Perspectives on Modern German and British History. 47-60. New York. Berghahn Books.

Hall, J.A., (2000). 'An American Portrait: Critical Reflections on Randall Collins' the Sociology of Philosophies'. Philosophy of Social Sciences. 30: 202-206.

Hall, J.A., (2000). 'Globalisation and Nationalism'. Thesis Eleven. 63: 63-79.

Hall, J.A., (1999). 'The Sociological Deficit of the Open Society, Analyized and Remedied'. I. Jarvie and S. Pralong, Eds. Popper's Open Society after Fifty Years: The Continuing Relevance of Karl Popper. 83-96. London, Routledge. Translated into Italian.

Hall, J.A., (1999). 'The Political Consequences of Stalemate'. Kritika & Kontext. 5.

Hall, J.A. (1999). 'Political Transformations'. P. Burke and H. Inalcik, Eds. History of Humanity-Scientific and Cultural Development: From the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century. 5. Paris. UNESCO.

Hall, J.A., (1998). 'Genealogies of Civility'. R. Hefner, Ed. Democratic Civility: The Hsitory and Cross-Cultural Possibility of a Modern Political Ideal. 53-78. London. Transaction Press.

Hall, J.A., (1998). A View of a Death: On Communism, Ancient and Modern'. Theory and Society. 27: 509-534.

Hall, J.A., (1998). 'The Nature of Civil Society'. Society. 35: 32.41.

Hall, J.A., (1998). 'Preface'. xi-xii. F.G. Duina, Ed. Harmonizing Europe: Nation-States within the Common Market. New York. SUNY Press.

Hall, J.A. and Lindholm, C., (1997). 'Is America Falling Apart?'. Daedalus. 126: 183-209. Translated version in Le Debat.

Hall, J.A., (1997). 'Social Foundations of Openness'. The Philosophy of the Social Sciences. 27: 24-38.

Hall, J.A., (1997). 'The Tyranny of History: An Analysis of Britain's Decline'. A. Clesse, Ed. The Vitality of Britain. 5-20. Luxembourg. Institute for European and International Studies.

Hall, J.A., (1997). 'A Modern Philosophe: Ernest Gellner, 1925-1995'. Kritika & Kontext. 3.

Hall, J.A., (1996). 'Conditions of Our Existence: Ernest Gellner, 1925-1995'. New Left Review. 215: 156-160.

Hall, J.A., (1996). 'Liberalism and Trust'. C. Cansino and E. Gellner, Eds. Liberalism in Modern Times. Budapest; New York. Central European University Press.

Hall, J.A., (1996). 'How Homogeneous Need We Be? Reflections on Nationalism and Liberty'. Sociology. 30: 163-171.

Hall, J.A. (1996). 'Ernest Gellner, 1925-1995'. Government and Opposition. 31. Revised version in CEU Gazette.

Hall, J.A., (1996). 'Ernest Gellner, 1925-1995'. British Journal of Sociology. 47: iv-vi.

Hall, J.A., (1995). 'Liberalism and Nationalism, Friends and Enemies'. 113-37. The Limits of Pluralism. Amsterdam. Erasmus Ascension Symposium.

Hall, J.A., (1995). 'After the Vacuum: Post-Communism in the Light of Tocqueville'. 82-100. B. Crawford, Ed. Markets, States and Democracy: The Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformation. 82-102. Boulder. Westview Press.

Hall, J.A., (1995). 'A Theory of the Rise of the West'. 231-57. Studies in Development. 22.

Zhao, D. and Hall, J.A., (1994). 'State Power and Patterns of Late Development: Resolving the Crisis of the Sociology of Development'. Sociology. 28: 211-230.

Hall, J.A., (1994). 'After the Fall: An Analysis of Post-Communism'. British Journal of Sociology. 45: 525-542..

Hall, J.A., (1993). 'Nationalisms: Classified and Explained'. Daedalus. 122: 1-28. Also in S. Periwal, Ed. Notions of Nationalism. 8-33. Central European University Press, 1995. Translated into Czech.

Hall, J.A., (1993). 'Ideas and the Social Sciences'. J. Goldstein and R. Keohane, Eds. Ideas and Foreign Policy: Beliefs, Institutions and Political Change. 31-56. Ithaca. Cornell University Press.

Hall, J.A., (1992). 'Consolidations of Democracy'. 271-90. D. Held, Ed. Prospects for Democracy: North, South, East, West. Cambridge, Polity. Translated into Polish.

Hall, J.A., (1992). 'Trust in Tocqueville'. Policy Organisation and Society. 5.

Hall, J.A., (1991). 'Politics and the Market: Reflections on the Rise and Current Condition of Capitalist Society'. M. Banks and M. Shaw, Ed. The State in International Relations. Simon and Schuster.

Hall, J.A., (1990). 'Will the United States Decline as Did Britain?'. M. Mann, Ed. The Rise and Decline of the Nation State. Oxford. Basil Blackwell.

Hall, J.A., (1989). 'Towards a Theory of Social Evolution: On State Systems and Ideological Shells'. D. Miller, M. Rowlands and C. Tilley, Eds. Domination and Resistance. London. Unwin Hyman.

Hall, J.A., (1989). 'Modernity and Its Discontents'. O. Molden, Ed. Krise der Moderne? Veranderungen in Kultur, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Wien. Osterreiches College.

Hall, J.A., (1989). '"They Do Things Differently There" or, the Contribution of British Historical Sociology'. British Journal of Sociology. 40. 544-564.

Hall, J.A., (1988). 'Classes and Elites, Wars and Social Evolution: A Comment on Mann'. Sociology. 22: 385-391.

Hall, J.A., (1988). 'The Rise and Fall of Hegemonic Powers, or, American Interests and International Political Economy'. States and Social Structures Newsletter. 7.

Hall, J.A., (1987). 'War and the Rise of the West'. 37-53 M. Shaw and C. Creighton, Eds. The Sociology of War and Peace. Basingstoke. MacMillan.

Hall, J.A., (1987). 'The British State'. 200-20. G. Causer, Ed. Inside British Society. Sussex, Wheatsheaf.

Hall, J.A., (1987). 'Classical Liberalism and the Modern State'. Daedalus. 116: 95-118. Translated into Slovenian.

Hall, J.A., (1986). 'Theory'. M. Haralambos, Ed. Developments in Sociology. 2. Ormskirk. Causeway Press.

Hall, J.A., (1985). 'Capstones and Organisms: Political Forms and the Triumph of Capitalism'. Sociology. 19: 173-192. Translated into Polish.

Hall, J.A., (1985). 'The Intellectuals as a New Class: Reflections on Britain'. Universities Quarterly. 39: 206-20. Translated into Italian.

Hall, J.A., (1985). 'Religion and the Rise of Capitalism'. Archives europeennes de Sociologie. 26.

Hall, J.A., (1984). 'Raymond Aron's Sociology of States, or, the (Non-Relative) Autonomy of State Behaviour'. M. Shaw, Ed. War, State and Society. London. MacMillan.

Hall, J.A., (1984). 'Aron's Principles'. Government and Opposition. 19.

Hall, J.A., (1983). 'The Conscious Re-Legitimation of Liberal Capitalism: Problems of Transition'. A. Ellis and K.Kumar, Eds. Dilemmas of Liberal Democracies. London; New York Tavistock.

Hall, J.A., (1982). 'Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth'. C. Renfrew and M. Rowlands, Eds. Theory in Archaeology. Academic Press.

Hall, J.A., (1982). 'Gellner and Habermas on Epistemology and Politics, or, Need We Feel Disenchanted?'. Philosophy of Social Sciences. 12: 387-408.

Hall, J.A., (1980). 'Bourgeois Art, or, Culture as It Is and as It Might Be'. New Universities Quarterly. 34. Translated into Italian.

Hall, J.A., (1979). 'Illiberal Liberalism?'. British Journal of Sociology. 31.

Hall, J.A., (1979). 'The Curious Case of the English Intelligentsia'. British Journal of Sociology. 30: 291-306.

Hall, J.A., (1977). 'The Roles and Influence of Political Intellectuals: Tawney vs Sidney Webb'. British Journal of Sociology. 28: 351-362.

Hall, J.A., (1977). 'Sincerity and Politics: The "Existentialists" vs Goffman and Proust'. Sociological Review. 25.

Hall, J.A., (1977). 'Chesterton's Contribution to English Social Thought'. Chesterton Review. 3.

Hall, J.A., Higgins, J.M. and Rees, A.M., (1976). 'What Influences Tory Mps?'. New Society. 38.

Hall, J.A. and Higgins, J.M., (1976). 'What Influences Labour MPs Now?'. New Society. 38.

Book Reviews

Hall, J. A. (2018) “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness?” [Review of the book American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present, by P.Gorski]. Contemporary Sociology, 47(6), 660-663.

Hall, J. A. (2018). [Review of the book Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe by S. Bianchini]. European Review of International Studies, 5 (2), 73-75.

Hall, J. A. (2018). [Review of the book The Conquest of Death: Violence and the Birth of the Modern English State by M. Lockwood]. Journal of British Studies, 57 (1), 156-7.

Hall, J. A. (2018). [Review of the book Meaning in Action: Outline of an Integral Theory of Culture by R. Raud]. American Journal of Sociology, 123 (6), 1876-8.

Hall, J. A. (2017). [Review of the book The Phenomena of Power by H. Popitz]. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 42 (3), 357-9.

Hall, J. A. (2017). [Review of the book The Art and Science of Sociology edited by R. Robertson and J, Simpson]. Contemporary Sociology, 47 (1), 107-8.

Hall, J. A. (2017). [Review of the book How the West came to rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism by A. Nievas and K. Nisancioglu]. European Journal of Sociology, 58 (3), 451-4.


In press

The Transformation of Europe: Banalities of Success, in T.V. Paul, ed., When Regions Transform, Cambridge University Press, (20 pp.).

Political Power, (with S. Malesevic) , in M. Haugaard and K. Ryan, eds, Power: The State of the Art,  IPSA and Budrich Publishers (20 pp.).

Two Cheers for Modernity, History Compass (15 pp.).

Modern Societies, in M. Sasaki, E. Zimmermann, J. Goldstone and S. Sanderson, eds., The Concise Encyclopaedia of Comparative Sociology, Brill (30 pp.).

Afterword, in P. Bang and D.Kolodziejczyk, eds, Universal Empire, Cambridge University Press.

An End to Homogeneity?, European Journal of Sociology (10 pp.).


How do we know for sure?, (on the work of Zygmunt Bauman), London Review of Books (5 pp.).

Varieties of States, in S. Leibfried, F. Nullmeier, E. Huber, M. Lange, J. Levy and J. Stephens, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State (20 pp.).

The Marriage of Nationalism and Imperialism, in G.J. Ikenberry, ed., 25th anniversary of  Robert Gilpin’s War and Change in World Politics (25 pp.).

The Varieties of Nationalism, in B. Brincker, ed., Introduction to Political Sociology, Reitzel (20 pp.).

Under review:

Nation-State Size, Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance in the Advanced Capitalist Countries, with N. Patsiurko and J.L. Campbell, Nations and Nationalism (20 pp.).


Conference Papers

Europe: Banalities of Success, International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2011

Marginality Imposed and Embraced, Understood and Interpreted: The Case of Ernest Gellner, Seminar on Marginality, Indiana University, October 2010

Nationalism as the Perversion of Imperialism, Inaugural Lecture, Saxo Institute, History Department, University of Copenhagen, April 2010

Business and Politics: the Upcoming Agenda, Copenhagen Business School, September 2009

Democratization in the Baltic States, address to Political Science Department, University of Copenhagen, April 2009

Empires, Ancient and Modern, keynote address to the European Union Research Group on ‘Tributary Empires’, Rome, Italy, April 2009;

The draft of my biography of Gellner the subject of a panel discussion (discussants: Brendan O’Leary, Al Stepan, Ariel Roshwald and Dominique Arel) at the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April 2009

Nationalism may change its character, again, keynote address to the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, London School of Economics, March 2009

The Nature of Civil Society, Royal Academy, Copenhagen; The Theory of Civil Society’, keynote address to conference on Civil Society, Volunteerism and Economy, Athens, Greece, September 2006

The Problem of National Community, Danish Pedagogical University, Copenhagen, December 2006. 


Selected Non-refereed Contributions

Modern Ideologie, in I. Choue and Y. Kim, eds, Transformative Challenges: Modern Civilization and Beyond, The Global Academy, Seoul, 2010

Islam and Democracy, Sociological Forum, vol. 23, June 2008, pp. 313-314; ‘Liberal Machiavellianism’, in P. Nedergaard and J.L. Campbell, eds, Institutions and Politics, DJOF, 2008

The Rise of the Modern State, a course of five lectures, University of Copenhagen, December 2006; ‘Michael Mann’, in G. Ritzer, ed., The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Sage, 2005

Reliable Uncertainty, Kritika & Kontext, vol. 29, 2005


Other Research Contributions (2005-2011)

(i) Conception, Funding and Organization of Colloquiums:

‘Constructing State and Nation in Denmark: The Contribution of Nikolai Grundtvig’, (co-organizers Ove Pedersen and Ove Korsgaard), Copenhagen, December 2011

Planned meeting in the Center for European Studies at Harvard 7-8 December 2012, edited volume to be published by McGill/Queens and (in Danish) by IFIS

‘Nationalism and War’, McGill University, March 2011 (participants include Randall Collins, Richard Lachmann, Benny Morris, Matthew Lange, James Hughes, Sinisa Malesevic, Michael Mann, Andreas Wimmer, John Darwin, Rene Lemarchand, Miguel Centeno, Bill Kissane, Stephen Saideman and Dominic Lieven; this important volume has been submitted to Cambridge, with my own long introduction)

‘The Social Theory of Michael Mann’, (co-organizer Ralph Schroeder), London School of Economics 2005 and UCLA  2005;

‘The State of Denmark’, (co-organizers Ove Pedersen and John Campbell), Copenhagen 2005 and Dartmouth College 2005.

(ii) Panels, as moderator and participant

Association for the Study of Nationalities, dealing with A. Stepan, J. Linz and Y. Yadav, Crafting State-Nations, New York, April 2011

Association for the Study of Nationalities, dealing with M. Mann, The Dark Side of Democracy and also with Anatol Lieven, American Nationalism, New York, April 2007

American Sociological Association, a panel on nationalism, Montreal, August 2006; Association for the Study of Nationalism, panel on D. Laitin, Nations, States and Violence, New York, April 2006.

(iii) Consultant/Peer Review: Regular reader’s reports on manuscripts for journals (including American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, International Political Sociology, and Nations and Nationalism) and publishers (Including Cambridge, Oxford, Sage, Princeton and Polity).

(iv) Editorial Boards:  British Journal of Sociology since 2005; Government and Opposition since 1985, Nationalities Papers since 2009.

(v) Grant reviewer (NEH; SSHRC; Austrian Academy of Sciences; Iceland Research Fund; Norwegian Research Fund) and Tenure Reviewer (Harvard)


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 265: War, States and Social Change
SOCI 330: Classical Sociological Theory

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 555: Comparative Historical Sociology


Research Grants

2009-13 FQRSC Team Grant, "Gloabalisation and REgional Security Orders"

2004-08 FQRSC, "La mondialisation et son incidence sur l'état de la sécurité nationale."

2007-08 NEH, "An Intellectual Biography of Ernest Gellner."

2007-09 SSHRC, "The Economic Consequences of the Size of Nations."


2016 Prix du Québec Léon-Gérin for human and social sciences
2016 Royal Society of Canada's Innis-Gérin Medal