Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

Dr. Eric W. Schoon


Eric W. Schoon

2015–now Assistant Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University. Faculty Affiliate, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University. Faculty Affiliate, Criminal Justice Research Center, The Ohio State University.

2012 Research Associate. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2010–2015 Ph.D. (Sociology) University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona.

2008–2010 MA (Sociology) University of Arizona.

Research Concentrations

  • Comparative and Historical Sociology
  • Political Sociology (contentious politics; Middle East)
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Relational and Configurational Methods
  • Sociological Theory

    Functions within the Center

    Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (June–July 2017, July 2016)

    Research project “Theorizing Identity Evolution in Ethnic Violence”


    Schoon, Eric W. and Kathryn Freeman Anderson. Forthcoming. “Rethinking the Boundaries: Competitive Threat and the Asymmetric Salience of Race/Ethnicity in Attitudes Towards Immigrants.” Socius.

    Schoon, Eric W. Forthcoming. “Building Legitimacy: Interactional Dynamics and Popular Evaluations of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey.” Small Wars & Insurgencies.

    Schoon, Eric W. 2016. „Rethinking Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Violent Political Conflict“, Sociology Compass 10(2): 143-152.

    Schoon, Eric W. 2015. „The Paradox of Legitimacy: Resilience, Successes, and the Multiple Identities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey“,  Social Problems 62(2): 266-285.

    Guetzkow, Joshua and Eric W. Schoon. 2015. „If You Build It, They Will Fill It: The Consequences of Prison Overcrowding Litigation.“, Law and Society Review 49(2): 401-432.

    Asal, Victor, H. Brinton Milward and Eric W. Schoon (equally co-authored). 2015. „When Terrorists Go Bad: Analyzing Terrorist Organizations’ Involvement in Drug Smuggling.“, International Studies Quarterly 59(1): 112-123.

    Schoon, Eric W. 2014. „The Asymmetry of Legitimacy: Analyzing the Legitimacy of Violence in 30 Cases of Insurgent Revolution.“, Social Forces 93(2): 779-801.

    Breiger, Ronald L., Eric Schoon, David Melamed, Victor Asal and R. Karl Rethemeyer. 2014. „Comparative Configurational Analysis as a Two-Mode Network Problem: A study of terrorist group engagement in the drug trade.“, Social Networks 36(1): 23-39.

    Melamed, David, Ronald L. Breiger and Eric W. Schoon. 2013. „The Duality of Clusters and Statistical Interactions.“, Sociological Methods & Research 41(4).

    Melamed, David, Eric W. Schoon, Ronald L. Breiger, Victor Asal, and R. Karl. Rethemeyer. 2012. „Using Organizational Similarity to Identify Statistical Interactions for Improving Situational Awareness of CBRN Activities„, S.J. Yang, A.M. Greenberg,and M. Endsley, eds., Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7227: 61-68.

    Schoon, Eric W. and Cindy Cain. 2011. „Facebook’s Boundaries”, Contexts 10(2): 70.
    Breiger, Ronald L., Gary A. Ackerman, Victor Asal, David Melamed, H. Brinton Milward, R. Karl Rethemeyer, and Eric W. Schoon. 2011. “Application of a Profile Similarity Methodology for Identifying Terrorist Groups that Use or Pursue CBRN Weapons.” In J. Salerno, S.J. Yang, and S.-K. Chai, eds., Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6589: 26-33.


    e-mail schoon.1[at]osu.edu