MacArthur Fellows Program

Rogers Brubaker

Sociologist | Class of 1994

Los Angeles, California
38 at time of award
Area of Focus
Published July 1, 1994

About Rogers' Work

Rogers Brubaker is a sociologist whose major areas of study are immigration, citizenship, nationhood, and nationalism in comparative and historical perspective.

Brubaker’s work focuses on the dynamic interplay, in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, between national minorities, the newly nationalizing states in which they live, and the external national “homelands” to which they belong by ethnic affinity but not by legal citizenship.  His most recent project is based on extensive field research that examines the relationship between nationalist politics and the everyday experience of ethnicity in a Transylvania town.  Brubaker is the author of The Limits of Rationality (1984), Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany (1992), Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe (1996), and Ethnicity without Groups (2004).


Brubaker is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is also a recurring visiting professor in the Nationalism Studies Program of the Central European University in Budapest.

Brubaker received a B.A. (1979) from Harvard University, an M.A. (1980) from the University of Sussex, and a Ph.D. (1990) from Columbia University.

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