Sheri Berman

Professor of Political Science

Comparative Politics


Sheri Berman is a professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.  Her research interests include European history and politics; the development of democracy; populism and fascism; and the history of the left.  She has written about these topics for a wide variety of scholarly and non-scholarly publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and VOX.  She currently serves on the boards of the Journal of Democracy, Dissent and Political Science Quarterly.  Her most recent book, Democracy and Dictatorship: From the Ancien Regime to the Present Day, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications:

The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

The Social Democratic Moment: Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998)


The Primacy of Politics   The Social Democratic Moment


Academic Focus: 

Comparative political development
European politics and political history
Democracy and democratization
The history of the Left


You will be able to find selected syllabi and teaching evaluations on-line.

POLS V 3401 Democracy & Dictatorship in Europe
Cross-listed by the European Studies and the Human Rights Programs

POLS BC 3505 Colloquium on Making Democracy Work
Cross-listed by the European Studies and the Human Rights Programs

POLS BC 3761 Senior Research Seminar in Comparative Politics

POLS G 8431 European Domestic Political Development (CU graduate course)

POLS G 8493 Political Development (CU graduate course)
Fall 2011 syllabus

Professional Affiliations: 

The American Political Science Association

Chair, Council on European Studies

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Why Democracies Fail--and That's OK (

Interview about how to think about new democracies (

Fall 2016-Spring 2017


Tel 212.854.2158

Office Hours: 
Spring 2019
Monday 10am-12pm
Milstein 1117

M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University, Government


B.A., Yale University, Political Science (magna cum laude; Distinction in the Major)