The Historical Origins of Territorial Claims  (2016) w/ David Carter 

          Forthcoming in The American Political Science Review

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

The Economic Origins of the Territorial State  (2016) 
Forthcoming in International Organization

Working Papers 

The Roots of the Industrial Revolution Institutions or (Socially Embodied) Know-How? (2015) w/ Carles Boix

An Institutional Common Score of National Constitutions (2015) w/ Michael Barber 

The Resource Curse in the Long-Run: Evidence From European Coal Mining Regions in the 19th Century (2015) w/ Elena Esposito  

Conflict, Cooperation, and Exit: a Mechanism Design Approach to the Origins of the State (2015) w/ Jee Seon Jeon

Parliaments, War, & Commerce (2015) w/ Carles Boix

Book Project:                Production, Predation, and the Origins of the Territorial State


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

The Society for Political Methodology Best Poster Award - 2013

Scott F Abramson

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester.  I received my PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 2015 and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute for AY 2014-2015.  You can contact me at