Nationalism is a central and recurring force in the modern world, often rising to the fore in times of crisis and rapid social change. The recent surge of interest in nationalism has created a pressing need to systematically evaluate existing areas of research in order to encourage new insight and understanding.

The State of Nationalism (SoN) seeks to create a comprehensive guide to nationalism. On this website, you will find articles on key themes in the study of nationalism linked to a database of annotated bibliographies. All material published with SoN is written by experts, peer-reviewed, and open-source. The quality of the articles is equivalent to the best multi-volume readers and journal articles that survey an area of research. They are also regularly updated, ensuring that they remain current. To encourage comparative and theoretically-relevant research, our articles and bibliographies explicitly focus on concepts rather than particular national movements.

SoN brings together world-leading researchers and institutes from around the globe. It is jointly supported by the research network National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the University of Plymouth (UoP). SoN also benefits from partnerships with Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) and the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). Leading experts provide scholarly advice and support through the Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee. Dr Eric Taylor Woods (UoP) and Dr Robert Schertzer (University of Toronto) are jointly responsible for the overall management and editing of SoN. Mr Stefan Poland (SPIN) is the Managing Editor.

Since its launch in 2015, SoN has attracted significant interest from the international scholarly community. There are currently several articles complete or in production. To contribute an article, please contact Mr Stefan Poland at