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Very experienced fellow

Robert Fishman

Robert Fishman

Doctorate from:

Yale University, United States

Department at UC3M:

Social Sciences


CONEX Fellow since 07/05/15


Fishman’s CONEX project on “Dimensions of Democracy and their Determinants” focuses first on developing the conceptual and methodological “map” used by scholars to study variation in democracies, secondly on the theorization of causal mechanisms capable of accounting for variation in democracy’s dimensions and finally on an empirical component that examines differences among democracies. Building on, but also pushing beyond, existing work, the project will differentiate in clear and researchable ways between the authenticity, quality, depth and consolidation of democratic systems, arguing that these dimensions vary with considerable independence from one another.  The theoretical and empirical components of the work are historically-oriented, focusing on explanations for contrasts between democratic practice and its multiple consequences in Spain and Portugal and on a broader range of cross-national comparisons.


Before coming to the Carlos III University as a CONEX-Marie Curie Professor of Political Science and Sociology Fishman was Professor of Sociology and Kellogg Institute Fellow at the University of Notre Dame in the United States and prior to that, Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard University.  Fishman’s books include Democracy’s Voices (Cornell University Press, 2004), Winner of Honorable Mention for Best Book (2005) of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Political Sociology; Working-Class Organization and the Return to Democracy in Spain (Cornell, 1990) and (with Anthony Messina) The Year of the Euro (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006).   Both Democracy’s Voices and Working-Class Organization have been translated into Spanish and published by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.   Fishman’s articles have been published in the American Sociological Review, World Politics, Politics and Society, Comparative Politics, Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Studies in Comparative International Development, Contributions to Political Economy and South European Society and Politics as well as The New York Times.  A 2013 article of his, co-authored with Omar Lizardo, received the Tilly Prize of the ASA Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology.

Dissemination Activities:

Scientific Publications:

  • Robert M. Fishman and Manuel Villaverde Cabral, "Socio-historical Foundations of Citizenship Practice: after Social Revolution in Portugal", in Theory & Society, 45 (6): 531-553.   2016.  
  • Robert M. Fishman,  "How Civil Society Matters in Democratization: Setting the Boundaries of Post-Transition Political Inclusion", in Comparative Politics, 49(3): 391-409.   2017.  
  • Robert M. Fishman, Carlos Gervasoni and Keely Jones, “Inequality and the Altruistic Life: A Study of the Priestly Vocations Rate”, in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(3): 575-595.  (2015).  This article is of relevance to the study of democracy because of its study and theorization of the impact of inequality on altruism and the provision of public goods. 
  • Robert M. Fishman, “Rethinking Dimensions of Democracy for Empirical Analysis: Authenticity, Quality, Depth and Consolidation”, in Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 16: 289-309. ( 2016). 
  • Robert M. Fishman, “How Civil Society Matters in Democratization: Setting the Boundaries of Post-transition Political Inclusion”, forthcoming in Comparative Politics, expected in early 2017. 
  • Robert M. Fishman and Suzanne M. Coshow,  “Political Sociology: A Broad and ‘Poly-centric’ Field”, forthcoming in The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, Kathleen Korgen, Ed.  Expected in early 2017. 
  • Fishman, R.M & Everson, D.W.: "Mechanisms of Social Movement Success: Conversation, Displacement and Disruption", Revista Internacional de Sociología, Volume 74, October-December, 2016. 1-10.
  • Robert M. Fishman, Carlos Gervasoni y Keely Jones Stater: Inequality and the Altruistic Life: A Study of the Priestly Vocation Rate, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(3): 575-595.  Salió a finales de 2015.


  • “España 2016: El camino de Kennedy”, El País, February 17, 2016.