​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 Economic Origins of the Territorial State  (2016)  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)


The Evolution of National Constitutions w/ Michael Barber  (Forthcoming at The Quarterly Journal of Political Science)

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) 

The Emergence of Political Order w/ Emiel Awad and Brenton Kenkel

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

A Variance Decomposition Approach for Bounding Neighborhood Effects w/ Anderson Frey

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