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Professor Montserrat Guibernau, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge), Licenciatura (University of Barcelona)

Professor of Politics

Tel: 020 7882 8601
Location: Arts One 2.28a


Montserrat  Guibernau

Office hours:

Wednesday 11am-12pm, Thursday 10-11am

Montserrat is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. She is also Senior Fellow at the Canada Blanch Centre, London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Theory, King’s College, Cambridge and a BA in Philosophy, University of Barcelona.

She has taught, researched and supervised graduate students at Queen Mary, having previously held an ESRC senior research fellowship at the University of Warwick and lectureships and a readership at the University of Barcelona and the Open University. Montserrat has held visiting positions at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, the University of Tampere, Finland, the Austrian Academy of Social Sciences, Austria, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. She has given lectures at many universities in North America, including New York University and Columbia University as well as lecturing at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and being invited as speaker at the Beijing Forum, 2007.


Undergraduate teaching:

On research leave 2012/13

Postgraduate teaching:

On research leave 2012/13


Research interests:

Montserrat is the author of six books and edited a number of others. Among her more recent works are Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies (Polity Press 2013). Her book, For a Cosmopolitan Catalanism (Angle Press), won the 2009 Eines Prize on Catalan Studies.  In 2007 she published The Identity of Nations (Polity Press: Cambridge) and in 2004 Catalan Nationalism: Francoism, Transition and Democracy (Routledge). Guibernau is the author of Nations without States: Political Communities in a Global Age (Polity Press), winner of the 1998 Trias Fargas Social Sciences Prize. Her book Nationalisms: The Nation-State and Nationalism in the Twentieth Century (Polity Press) inaugurated the field of nations without states. These books have been translated into eight languages. She is Co-editor of Nations and Nationalism and serves in the Advisory Committee of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.

Her current research focuses upon two interrelated topics within the field of Political Sociology: the study of global transformations shaping the construction and expression of nationalism and national identity, and the analysis of national and ethnic diversity within the European Union and North America. Her concerns relate both to cultural issues of identity and political mobilization - including the rise of populism and the resurgence of authoritarian regimes in the West - as well as political questions connected to emerging governance mechanisms and models. She has engaged in empirical research in Spain, Catalonia, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Quebec, the Veneto, Austria, Norway and most recently, Greece.



Single authored books:

NEW BOOK by Montserrat Guibernau: Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies. (Polity Press: Cambridge 2013)

The Ethnicity Reader,Second Edition. With John Rex (Polity Press: Cambridge, 2010), 392 pages.

La Identitat de les Nacions (Deria Editors: Barcelona, 2010) updated and expanded to include the Catalan case-study, 412 pages.

For a Cosmopolitan Catalanism (Angle Editorial Press: Barcelona, 2009) awarded the Eines Prize in Catalan Studies in 2009, 123 pages.

The Identity of Nations (Polity Press: Cambridge, 2007) 235 pages. Translated into Spanish (La identidad de las naciones, Ariel: Barcelona, 2009) and Catalan (La identitat de les nacions, Deria: Barcelona, 2010) Ukranian translation in press.

Catalan Nationalism: Francoism, Transition and Democracy (Routledge: London , 2004) 208 pages. Translation: Catalan.

Nations without States: Political Communities in a Global Age (Polity Press: Cambridge, 1999) 216 pages. Translations: Catalan, Chinese.

Nationalisms: The Nation-State and Nationalism in the Twentieth Century (Polity Press: Cambridge, 1996) 174 pages. Translations: Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Turkish and Hungarian

The Sociological Thought of Raymond Aron , (Raima Press: Moia, Barcelona, 1988) 159 pages.

Edited books:

Governing Europe : The developing agenda (Open University, 2006) 150 pages. ISBN: 0-7492-6829-8 (ed.)

Nationalism in Latin America. Published as Special Issue of the journal Nations and Nationalism vol. 12 part 2, April 2006. With Charles Jones and Nicola Miller (eds).

History and National Destiny (Blackwell: Oxford , 2004). Published also as Special Issue of the journal Nations and Nationalism . 216 pages. (eds.) with John Hutchinson.

Revista d'Etnologia de Catalunya ( Catalan Journal of Ethnology ). no. 25, November 2004. Special Issue on ‘Democracy and Nationalism in a Global World'. 184 pages.

The Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies (IRPP-McGill University Press: Montreal, Canada , 2003) 352 pages. (eds.) with Alain Gagnon and François Rocher.

Understanding Nationalism (Polity Press: Cambridge , 2001) 284 pages. (eds.) with John Hutchinson.

Nationalism: Debates and Dilemmas for a New Millennium, (Proa Press-CETC: Barcelona , 2000) 278 pages. (ed.)

The Ethnicity Reader: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Migration (Polity Press: Cambridge, 1997) 336 pages. (eds.) with John Rex.

Selected journal articles:

‘Prospects for a European Identity’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (IJPCS) New York, Springer, vol. 24 (1), 2011, pp. 31-43 (2011)

‘The Birth of a United Europe: On why the EU has generated a ‘non emotional’ Identity’, Nations and Nationalism, vol.17 (2), 2011, pp. 302-315.(2011)

‘Devolution and Independence in the United Kingdom: the case of Scotland’, REAF (Journal of Federal and Autonomic Studies is the refereed journal of the Institute of Autonomic Studies, Barcelona) no. 11, October 2010, pp 56-82. ISNN 1886-2632. (2010)

Guibernau, M. ‘Nations, States and Violence-Laitin Debate’, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 15 part 4, October 2009, pp 557-574. (2009)

‘La géstion de la diversité nationale au Canada, en Espagne et en Grande-Bretagne’, Éthique Publique: Revue Internationale d’Éthique Sociétale et Gouvernementale, Éditions LIBER, Québec, Ca., vol. 9 no. 1 Spring 2007, pp. 56-68. ISSN: 1488-0946. (2007)

‘National identity, devolution and secession in Canada, Britain and Spain’, Nations and Nationalism vol. 12 part 1, January 2006, pp. 51-76. ISSN: 1354-5078 (200601) 12:1;1-0. In Catalan, in L’Avenç, November 2006, no 318, pp. 38-47. (2006)

‘Tony Blair: Leadership as a Vocation’, Via (the refereed journal of the Jordi Pujol Studies Centre, Barcelona), vol. 1, March 2006, pp. 76-88 ISSN: 1886-6662. (2006)

‘Nations without States: political communities in the global age’, Michigan Journal of International Law, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 1251-1282. ISSN: 1052-2867. ISSN: 1052-2867. (2004)

‘A critique of Anthony D. Smith’s theory of nations and national identity’, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 10, part 1/2. pp. 125-142. ISSN: 1354-5078. (2004)

‘Nation formation and national identity’, Revue belge d’histoire contemporaine RBHC/BTNG Belgisch Tijdschrift woor Nieuwste Geschiedenis, no. 34, vol. 4, pp. 657-682. ISSN: 0035-0869. (2004)

‘Nationalism and intellectuals in nations without states’ Working paper 222, Social and Political Sciences Institute (ICPS), Barcelona, pp. 1-33. ISSN: 1133-8962. (2003)

‘On globalization’, Revista de Occidente (José Ortega y Gasset Foundation, Madrid), no. 262, pp. 5-29. ISSN: 0034-8635. (2003)

‘Cosmopolitan democracy: an interview with David Held’, Constellations, New York, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 427-441. ISSN: 1351-0487. (2001)

‘Nations without states: a comparative study of different political scenarios’, Historia Contemporánea, vol. 2, no. 23, pp. 759-790. ISSN 1130-2402. (Historia Contemporánea is the refereed journal of the University of the Basque Country). (2001)

‘Catalonia after 20 years of political autonomy’, Scottish Affairs, vol. 37, pp. 1-21. ISSN 0966-0356. (2001)

‘Individual, collective rights and citizenship’, L'Espill, vol. 4, Valencia, pp. 98-107. ISSN: 0210-587X. (L'Espill is a refereed journal from the University of Valencia Press, Spain). (2000)

'Spain: Catalonia and the Basque Country’, Parliamentary Affairs, special issue on Democracy and cultural diversity, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 55-68. ISSN: 0031-2290. (2000)

‘Intellectuals and nationalism in nations without states: the Catalan case’, Political Studies, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 989-1005. ISSN: 0032-3217. (2000)

Selected book chapters:

‘Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Global Age’ in Requejo, Ferran and Caminal, Miquel (eds) Political Liberalism and Plurinational Democracies (Routlegde: London:2011) pp. 206-225. ISBN 978-0-415-56450-2.

‘Nationalism without State’ in Montreal Seminar 13-15 May 2009. Nacions a la Recerca de Reconeixement. Catalunya i el Quebec davant del seu futur  (Nations in their quest for recognition: Catalonia and Quebec) IEA: Barcelona, 2010, pp. 101-125. ISBN: 978-84-393-8640-7.

‘What is national identity?’ in Casassas Ymbert, Jordi Les Identitats a la Catalunya Contemporania (Identities in contemporary Catalonia) (Edicions Galerada: Barcelona, 2010). ISBN 13: 9788496786257

‘Towards a European Identity?’ in Gamble, Andrew and Lane, David (eds.) The European Union and World Politics: Consensus and Division (Palgrave-Macmillan: London,2009) pp. 274-290. ISBN: 978-0-230-22149-9.

‘National Identity versus Cosmopolitan Identity’ in Held, D. and Moore, H. Cultural Politics in a Global Age: Uncertainty, Solidarity and Innovation (Oneworld: Oxford, 2008) pp. 148-156. ISBN: 978-1-85168-550-9.

‘Identitat Nacional, Descentralització i Separatisme’ L’Avenç journal pp. 38-47, 2006 ISSN 0210.0150.

(2006) ‘Nations without states in the EU: the Catalan case’ in McGarry, John and Keating, Michael (eds.) European Integration and the Nationalities Question (Routledge: London and New York, 2006) pp. 216-224. ISBN: 0-415-40100-3.

‘On Catalan identity: an account of Jordi Pujol’s theory of nationalism’ in Palard, Jacques, Gagnon, Alain-G., and Gagnon, Bernard (eds) Diversité et identités au Québec et dans les régions d’Europe (P.I.E.-Peter Lang and Les Presses de l’Université Laval: Brussels, and Quebec:2006) pp. 321-336. ISBN: 90-5201-054-4.

'Anthony D. Smith on nations and national identity: a critical assessment’ in Guibernau, M. and Hutchinson, J. History and National Destiny (Blackwell: Oxford, 2004) pp. 125-142. ISBN: 1-4051-2391-5.

‘Catalonia: a non-secessionist nationalism?’ in Seymour, M. (ed.) The Fate of the Nation State (McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal & Kingston:2004) pp. 234-246. ISBN: 0-7735-2685-4 (hc), ISBN: 0-7735-2686-2 (pbk).

‘Globalization and identity in the modern nation-state’ in Groof, Jan de, Judo, Frank and Storme, Matthias E. (eds.) De Vlaamse en Europese Uitdaging Vlaming zijn nu (Lannoo Campus: Leuven, Belgium:2004) pp. 71-94.

‘Between autonomy and secession: the accommodation of minority nationalism’ in Gagnon, A., Guibernau, M and Rocher, F. (eds.) The Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies (IRPP-McGill University Press, Montreal, Canada:2003) pp. 115-134. ISBN: 0886-45-202-3.

’Entre autonomie et sécession: la prise en compte du nationalisme minoritaire en Catalogne’ in Le Coadic, Ronan et Demeuré-Vallée, Christian (eds.) Identités et démocratie: Diversité culturelle et mondialisation, repenser la démocratie (Presses Universitaires de Rennes: Rennes:2003 ) pp. 279-299. ISBN: 2-86847-860-3.

‘Catalonia between autonomy and secession: political options for nations without states’ in Mokre, M., Weiss, G. and Bauböck, R. (eds.) Europas Identitäten: Mythen, Konflicke, Konstruktionen (Campus Verlang: Frankfurt/New York: 2003) pp. 92-116. ISBN: 3-593-37231-2.

‘Nations without states as new political actors’ in Duchastel, J. (ed) Fédéralismes et Mondialisation: L’Avenir de la Démocratie et de la Citoyenneté, (Athéna Editions, Montreal, Canada:2003) pp. 185-198. ISBN:  2-922865-13-4.

‘Globalization and national identity’ in Antich, X., Castineira, A. and Colomines, J. (eds.) Cataluna-Espana: Relaciones Políticas y Culturales (Icaria Política: Barcelona, 2003) pp. 100-109. ISBN: 84-7426-635-1.

‘Globalization and nation-building’ in Urgell, J. (ed.) Donar Protagonisme a Catalunya: Acció Internacional i Política de Relacions Exteriors Catalana (Portic-CETC: Barcelona:2003) pp. 37-56. ISBN: 84-7306-852-1.

‘On non-secessionist nationalisms’ in Seymour, M. (ed.) États-nations, Multinations et Organisations Supranationales (Liber-Montreal:2002) pp. 327-338. ISBN: 2-89578-013-7.

‘Nations without states: different political scenarios’ in Baranano- Cid, M. (ed.) La Globalización Económica: Incidencia en las Relaciones Sociales y Económicas (Cuadernos de Derecho Judicial, Consejo General del Poder Judicial: Madrid, 2002) pp. 263-300. ISBN: 84-89230-90-0, ISSN: 1134-9670.

‘Introduction’ in Giddens, A. El Nou Progressisme: Praxi Política de la Tercera Via (Pòrtic: Barcelona, 2002) pp. 9-30. ISBN: 84-7306-820-2.

'National identity and modernity' in Dieckhoff, A. and Gutiérrez, N. (eds.) Modern Roots: Studies of National Identity (Ashgate:Aldershot, 2001) pp. 73-94. ISBN: 0-7546-1152-3.

‘Regionalism’ in Leoussi, A. S. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Nationalism (Transaction Publishers:2001) pp. 263-265. ISBN: 0-7658-0002-0.

'Globalisation and the nation-state' in Guibernau, M. and Hutchinson, J. (eds.) Understanding Nationalism (Polity Press:2001) pp. 242-268. ISBN: 0-7456-1922-3 (hc), ISBN: 0-7456-1923-1 (pbk).

'Spain: Catalonia and the Basque Country' in O'Neill, M. and Austin, D. (eds.) Democracy and Cultural Diversity (Oxford University Press: 2000) pp. 55-68. ISBN: 0-19-929000-8 (pbk).

‘Nationalism without Nation-States’ in Breuilly, John Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism (Oxford University Press) to be published 2013.

PhD Supervision

Public engagement

Keynote speaker (recent invited lectures)

22 May 2012, International Conference on the Politics of Secession in the European Union. Title: The Rise of Secessionism in Catalonia. London School of Economics, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.

16-17 June 2011, The Politics of Accommodation in Multinational Democracies, Santander Fellowship Annual Conference. Title: Catalonia: From Devolution to Secession? St Antony’s College, European Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

8th February 2011, Sociology Seminar, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Title: Migration and the Rise of the Radical Right: a Comparative approach. University of Cambridge.

26-27th November 2010, 30th Anniversary Conference of the Foundation Congress of Catalan Culture. Title: Catalonia: Images from London. Museum of National History, Barcelona.

27-29th October 2010, The Distances of Europe International Conference. Title: The Birth of a United Europe: on why the EU has generated a ‘non emotional identity’. Arts Centre Santa Mónica, Barcelona.

21 June 2010, Community Cohesion Seminar, Centre for Public Policy Seminars, Royal Commonwealth Society, London. Title: How to confront and beat rightwing extremism.

10-13 June 2010, 5th Galilee International Colloquium, The End of the Nation State? Theoretical Dimensions and Historical Realities. Title: The birth of a united Europe. Hebrew University, Israel.

16th April 2010, Political Culture Debate on National Identity. Title: National Identity: Challenges and Transformation in the global age. Miramar Palace, San Sebastian-Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain.

11th March 2010, Migration and the Rise of Nationalist Right-wing Parties: Confrontation, Isolation or Engagement? Policy Network. Title: Migration and the rise of the radical right: social malaise and the failure of mainstream politics (Policy Network commissioned paper). University of Copenhagen.

11th November 2009, The 15th Anniversary ‘Nations and Nationalism Conference’, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Keynote speaker. Title: National Identity in Old and New Europe: Intellectuals, Culture and Popular Mobilization. London School of Economics.

25-27 September 2009, Multinational Federalism International Conference. University of Quebec in Montreal. Title: National identity in multinational states: a comparative approach. Montreal, Ca.

24th April 2009, Public Lecture New York University. Title: The Identity of Nations. Organized by the Government of Catalonia Delegation to the USA, Catalan Institute of America and The Catalan Center at New York University. The Torch Club at NYU, New York. USA.

15th October 2008, London School of Economics. Canada Blanch Centre for Hispanic Studies Seminar. Title: Does devolution foster separatism? The case of Catalonia. European Institute, LSE.

15-18 July 2008, Complutense University of Madrid at El Escorial. Democracy and Cosmopolitanism in the Global Age Conference. Title: National Identity versus Cosmopolitan Identity. El Escorial, Spain.

10-13 June 2008, III Human Rights International Congress. Title: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: compatible or opposed to each other? University of the Basque Country, Basque Government. Bilbao, Spain.

28-29 April 2008, European Union and World Politics: Consensus and Division, Sixth Workshop on Strategic Elite and the European Union, A Network supported by the British Academy, organised by Andrew Gamble and David Lane. Title: Towards a European Identity? Social and Political Sciences Faculty, University of Cambridge.

1-5 November 2007, Beijing Forum. Title: Ethnicity and National Diversity in Canada, Spain and Britain. Beijing (China).

6-7 October 2007, For an Open Europe Symposium, Frankfurt Book Fair 2007. Title: The political process as an obstacle for change in the EU? Frankfurt City Hall (Römer). Germany.

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