National Identity Database

This research project assembles a constructivist, intersubjective database of national identities that will become a key source for International Relations scholars who wish to include constructivist arguments in their scholarship.  The first stage covers ten great powers (USUK, USSR/RussiaChina, India, France, Brazil, Japan, Germany, and Italy) in seven years (1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010), and the first series of reports was released on September 1, 2019 (video below).  The project’s ultimate aim is a database of all great power identities from 1810 to the present. 

Our first published results for 2010 are available as: Ted Hopf and Bentley Allan, eds., Making Identity County: Towards a National Identity Database (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Bentley Allan, Srdjan Vucetic and Ted Hopf, “The Distribution of Identity and the Future of International Order: China’s Hegemonic Prospects,” International Organization,  2018 [Won an Albie for “The Best Work on Political Economy in 2018”; Open access version on SocArXiv, July 2017; The Conversation op-ed version, July 2018].


Ted Hopf is the Provost Chair Professor of Political Science and also the leader of the Identities cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. In addition to articles published in American Political Science Review, European Journal of International RelationsInternational OrganizationReview of International StudiesSecurity Studies and International Security, and numerous book chapters, he has edited or authored six books. His most recent book is Reconstructing the Cold War: The Early Years, 1945-1958 (Oxford, 2012). 

Bentley Allan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He received his PhD in political science from Ohio State University. His research interest include how scientific ideas transform international politics; international relations, organizations, and development; diplomatic history; and normative international theory. He is the author of From Means to Ends: How Scientific Cosmology Transformed International Politics, 1550-2015  (Cambridge, 2018). 

Srdjan Vucetic is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. His research interests involve international hierarchy, international security and foreign policy analysis. He is the author of The Anglosphere: A Genealogy of a Racialized Identity in International Relations (Stanford, 2011). 

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