Peter Stamatov

Peter A. Stamatov, PhD (University of California Los Angeles, 2006), is a Bulgarian, American and Spanish sociologist.


Currently he occupies the position of Distinguished Researcher and Santander Endowed Chair of Carlos III - Juan March Institute for the Social Sciences, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

Peter's other employment: 

– New York University Abu Dhabi, Social Science Division, Associate Professor, 2015 - up to now
– Yale University, Department of Sociology, Associate Professor, 2011 - 2014
– Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Comparative Sociology Group, Visiting Professor, 2011 - 2012
– Yale University, Department of Sociology, Assistant Professor, 2006 - 2011
– Yale University, Department of Sociology, Lecturer Convertible, 2004 - 2006


Peter is the author of the award-winning book The Origins of Global Humanitarianism: Religion, Empire, and Advocacy (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

His other work includes several academic articles studying from a historical perspective topics like social movements, ethnicity and nationalism, art and politics, the political implications of cultural production and consumption, the religious influences of popular mobilization on modern institutions, and the political aspects of humanitarian action. His current research examines the genesis of modern forms of popular politics and moral norms within the larger European and imperial context with a particular interest in the development of movements and policies for the abolition of slavery. In addition, he is studying the transformation of religious governance regimes in Western Europe since the early adoption of Christianity. 

Currently, he is finishing a book manuscript entitled Contested Profits of Empire that examines the genesis of movements for economic justice within the context of the British Empire. Another projects investigates the emergence and continuing effects of two distinct institutional regimes of human diversity in Franco-Iberia and Anglo-Dutch empires: two historical regimes that inform contemporary notions of "race."

Peter is a polyglot. He speaks twelve languages: Arabic (Levantine), Bulgarian, German, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Slovak, Dutch, and Portuguese.

Peter's full CV is available here.

His Scopus Author ID is 6508118423.