Daniel Ziblatt, professor of government at Harvard University, includes among his research interests democratization, state building, comparative politics, and historical political economy, with a particular interest in European political development. He is the award-winning author of Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton University Press, 2006) and directs the Comparative History of Elections Program, a historical geospatial data collection project. Currently, he is completing the book project “Conservative Political Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe” (under contract with Cambridge University Press). He holds a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.