Curriculum Vitae

Miguel Angel Centeno is the Musgrave Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University.  He obtained his BA in History in 1980, his MBA in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1990, all from Yale University.

He has published many articles, chapters, and books most recently State and Nation Making in the Iberian World (Cambridge UP 2013).  War and Society will be published by Polity in 2016 and State Making in the Developing World by Cambridge in 2016. He the founder of the Research Community on Global Systemic Risk funded by PIIRS from 2013-20 and recently published results in the Annual Review of Sociology.  He is currently beginning a project on the concept of discipline. In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides intensive supplemental training for lower income students in local high schools. ( From 2003 to 2007, he served as the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.  From 1997-2004 he also served as Master of Wilson College at Princeton. Beginning in 2012, he has served as Chair of the Sociology Department. In 2014 he produced a Coursera course on “The Paradoxes of War”.

He has received grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and has been a Fulbright scholar in Russia and Mexico. He has also been a Visiting Professor in Buenos Aires, Seoul, and the University of Salamanca. In 1997 he was awarded the Presidential Teaching Prize at Princeton University. He has also been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the Bonner Foundation Award, and the MLK Journey Award. In 2005 he was elected to the Sociological Research Association as well as the Comparative Historical Section Council of the ASA.