Peter Stamatov (Ph. D., University of California Los Angeles, 2006) works in the areas of sociology of culture and religion, comparative-historical sociology, and the sociology of global and transnational processes. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Religion and Long-Distance Humanitarianism from the Beginnings of the European Expansion Overseas to the Modern Distant-Issue Movement. It focuses on the contribution of religious organizations, from the Catholic religious orders in the sixteenth century to British Dissenting churches in the nineteenth century, to the institutional genesis of modern forms of global solidarity. Another project in progress studies the role of religious organizations in the emergence of modern forms of popular politics in eighteenth-century Britain. He has also written on ethnicity and nationalism, as well as on the political implications of musical theater in nineteenth-century Italy.
Stamatov is a Big Think Dephi Fellow.