Jack A. Goldstone
(born September 30, 1953) is an American sociologist
, political scientist
, and historian, specializing in studies of social movements
, political demography
, and the 'Rise of the West' in world history. He is an author or editor of 13 books and over 150 research articles. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the study of revolutions and long-term social change.
His work has made foundational contributions to the fields of cliodynamics
, economic history
and political demography
He was the first scholar to describe in detail and document the long-term cyclical relationship between global population cycles and cycles of political rebellion and revolution.
He was also a core member of the "California school" in world history, which replaced the standard view of a dynamic West and stagnant East with a ‘late divergence’ model in which Eastern and Western civilizations underwent similar political and economic cycles until the 18th century, when Europe achieved the technical breakthroughs of industrialization.
He is also one of the founding fathers of the emerging field of political demography, studying the impact of local, regional, and global population trends on international security and national politics.
His academic awards include the American Sociological Association
Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, for 'Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World', and the Myron Weiner award for lifetime scholarly achievement from the International Studies Association. He has also won the Arnaldo Momigliano Award of the Historical Society, and seven awards for 'best article' in the fields of Comparative/Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements. He has won fellowships from the Council of Learned Societies, the U.S. Institute of Peace
, the MacArthur Foundation
, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the Australian Research School of Social Sciences, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
, and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Affairs and the Sociological Research Association
. He has been the Richard Holbrooke Visiting Lecturer at the American Academy
, the Crayborough Lecturer at Leiden University
, and a Phi Beta Kappa
National Visiting Scholar.