Daniel Ziblatt is Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include democratization, state-building, comparative politics, and historical political economy, with a particular interest in European political development. He is the author of Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton University Press, 2006) and co-editor of a 2010 special double issue of Comparative Political Studies entitled "The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies." He has been a DAAD Fellow in Berlin, an Alexander von Humboldt visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and the University of Konstanz, Germany, and visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris (2014) and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (2009) and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is currently completing a new book entitled Conservative Political Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe that offers a new interpretation of the historical democratization of Europe.