The State of Nationalism is jointly developed and supported by the research and archive network, National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the University of Plymouth (UoP). Leading experts in the study of nationalism provide scholarly support through the Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee. The State of Nationalism also benefits from the expertise and support of its Associated Partners. Dr. Eric Taylor Woods and Dr Robert Schertzer are responsible for the overall management and editing of SoN.

The State of Nationalism seeks to fulfill four broad objectives:

  1. To review and annotate the scholarly literature associated with the study of nationalism
  2. To advance understanding of nationalism by providing scholars with a resource for evaluating existing areas of research
  3. To encourage comparative and theoretically-oriented research on nationalism
  4. To become the leading reference for the study of nationalism in the world.



Dr Robert Schertzer is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He publishes and teaches on the intersection of three areas: federalism, constitutional law, and the politics of national identity. His work has appeared in many top venues, including Ethnic and Racial Studies; Publius; Nations and Nationalism and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. His most recent book (with Dr Eric Taylor Woods), entitled The New Nationalism in America and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2022), seeks to understand why the liberal democracies of the West are proving to be such fertile ground for ethnic nationalism, populism, and anti-immigrant sentiment. His first book, The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation (2016, UTP), was shortlisted for the best book on Canadian politics by the Canadian Political Science Association. Prior to joining UofT, he spent a decade with the Government of Canada working on social policy, immigration policy and intergovernmental relations.

Dr Eric Taylor Woods is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology at the University of Plymouth. His research examines the relationships between culture, media, and politics - with a particular focus on nationalism. His most recent book on this topic (co-authored with Robert Schertzer) is entitled, The New Nationalism in America and Beyond: The Deep Roots of Ethnic Nationalism in the West (Oxford University Press, 2022). Eric has also carried out research on the cultural politics of Britain's imperial past, and has published extensively on Christian-Indigenous relations in Canada, including the 2016 book, 'A Cultural Sociology of Anglican Mission and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada' (Palgrave, 2016). Eric also serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University, and he is on the editorial boards of several leading journals. Prior to joining the University of Plymouth University, Eric was based at the University of East London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Database Editor:

Stefan Poland has studied history at the University of Amsterdam. His research interest lies with nineteenth-century intellectual and scholarly history, especially regarding the issues of nationalism and racism. He is a researcher at the Amsterdam-based Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN), and co-editor of its Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (online at: ernie.uva.nl). As the database editor of State of Nationalism, Stefan is responsible for the final editing of articles on the website, for the structuring and maintenance of the bibliographical database, and for making sure that the two are properly linked.

Managing Editor:

Eva Bidania Ibargutxi coordinates NISE since 2019. She handles NISE’s communication and public relations, organises its events and manages the cooperation and networking between its members. Prior to her current job at NISE, she held for over a decade a political advisor position at the European Free Alliance (platform of parties representing stateless nations, minorities and regions of Europe). She holds a degree in Political Sciences and a Master degree in de-centralized international cooperation.


The role of the Partners is to provide human and material resources in support of the development and management of SoN.

Lead Partner:

National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE). NISE is an international platform for research and heritage on national movements in Europe. It brings together researchers and research and cultural heritage institutions that are working on the study of nationalism in Europe from the eighteenth century to today. Our mission is to facilitate and stimulate exchange and collaborations across countries, disciplines and the scientific and cultural heritage sector.


  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of Plymouth (UK)


The Associated Partners provide support on various aspects of SoN. The current Associated Partners are listed below. If you would like your institute to become a Associated Partner, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN). The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is an interdisciplinary student-led research association founded by research students and academics in 1990 at the London School of Economics & Political Science. ASEN seeks to fulfil two broad objectives: 1) to facilitate and maintain an interdisciplinary, global network of researchers, academics and other scholars interested in ethnicity and nationalism; and 2) to stimulate, produce, and diffuse world-class research on ethnicity and nationalism.

Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). SPIN aims to chart the cultural and historical root system of European nationalisms and to bring into focus those intellectual networks which carried and disseminated the emerging ideals of cultural nationalism in the Romantic period and in the long nineteenth century (1770-1914).


The Advisory Committee is composed of leading experts in the study of nationalism based in or near London, UK. The Advisory Committee provides advice on the scientific aspects of SoN, including suggesting potential authors and peer-reviewers.


  • John Breuilly, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • John Hutchinson, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Atsuko Ichijo, Kingston University
  • Jon Fox, University of Bristol University
  • Elliott Green, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Daphne Halikiopoulou, University of Reading
  • Athena Leoussi, University of Reading
  • Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham
  • Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London


The Advisory Council is composed of the members of the NISE Scientific Council. The Advisory Council convenes during the NISE annual gathering, and provides advice on all aspects of SoN, including suggesting peer-reviewers.


  • Stefan Berger, Institut für soziale Bewegungen (ISB), Germany
  • Hanno Brand, Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands
  • John Breuilly, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom
  • Todor Čepreganov, Универзитет „Гоце Делчев“ – Штип, Macedonia
  • Laurence Cole, Universität Salzburg, Austria
  • Bruno De Wever, Universiteit Gent (UG), Belgium
  • Miroslav Hroch, Univerzita Karlova, Czech Republic
  • James Kennedy, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Chantal Kesteloot, Studie- en Documentatiecentrum Oorlog en Maatschappij (SOMA), Belgium
  • Johannes Koll, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria
  • Joep Leerssen, Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
  • Ludger Mees, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
  • Alexey Miller, Институт научной информации по общественным наукам, русский академии наук (ИНИОН РАН), Russian Federation
  • Diana Mishkova, Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS), Bulgaria
  • Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Germany
  • Philipp Ther, Universität Wien, Austria
  • Anne-Marie Thiesse, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
  • Maarten Van Ginderachter, Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), Belgium
  • Frans-Jos Verdoodt, NISE, Belgium
  • Louis Vos, NISE, Belgium