​Scott F Abramson

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester.  I was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.  I received my PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 2015.  You can contact me at sabramso@ur.rochester.edu

I will be on leave at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice AY 2018-19. 

Published Research

The Evolution of National Constitutions (2019)The Quarterly Journal of Political Science (with Michael Barber)

The Economic Origins of the Territorial State  (2017)  International Organization

The Historical Origins of Territorial Claims  (2016)  The American Political Science Review  (with David Carter)

Time is Power: The Non-Institutional Sources of Stability in Autocracies  (2016)  The Journal of Politics  (with Carlos Velasco-Rivera)

Working Papers

Endogenous Parliaments: Urban Agglomeration, Technological Accumulation, and the Deep Roots of Executive Constraints in Europe  w/ Carles Boix (R&R at ​International Organization)

Coal, Early Industrialization, and the Persistence of Left-Wing Partisianship w/ Elena Esposito (R&R at The American Journal of Political Science)

Systemic Uncertainty and the Emergence of Border Disputes w/ David Carter (R&R at ​International Organization)

Learning About Growth and Democracy (w/ Sergio Montero) (Under Review)

The Emergence of Political Order w/ Emiel Awad and Brenton Kenkel (Under Review)

The Economic Effects of Leaders' Economic Interests: Evidence from Election By Lot in the Florentine Republic (Under Review)


A Revolution of Rights in American Founding Documents w/ Michael Barber and Jeremey Pope (Under Review)


A Variance Decomposition Approach for Bounding Neighborhood Effects w/ Anderson Frey (Under Review)

The Resource Curse in the Long-Run: Evidence From European Coal Mining Regions in the 19th Century  w/ Elena Esposito 

Parliaments, War, & Commerce  w/ Carles Boix

Book Project:    The Economic Origins of the National State


Robert O. Keohane Award for best article in International Organization by a junior scholar - 2017

Ernst Haas Best Dissertation Award from the APSA European Politics and Society Section - 2015

The Society for Political Methodology Best Poster Award - 2013