Dr. Jack A. Goldstone (PhD, Harvard University) is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. and a Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center. He has won major prizes from the American Sociological Association, the International Studies Association and the Historical Society for his research on revolutions and social change, and has won grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the JS Guggenheim Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the National Science Foundation. Goldstone has authored or edited thirteen books and published over one hundred and fifty articles in books and scholarly journals. His latest publications include, Why Europe? The Rise of the West 1500-1850 (McGraw-Hill, 2009), a co-edited volume titled, Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Oxford, 2012), and Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2014).