University of Maryland   Eric M. Uslaner
  Professor of Government and Politics


Chapters for my new book  Segregation and Mistrust (Cambridge University Press, 2012) where I argue that it is segregation, not diversity, that drives down trust.  I examine theoretical linkages on contact theory and data from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia.






See the article I was asked to write on Segregation and Mistrust for Zocalo Public Square--and that they declined to publish because they decided they didn't agree with my findings and didn't like my writing style!


And my paper for the Center for American Progress on the consequences of inequality for social cohesion: "Income Inequality in the United States Fuels Pessimism and Threatens Social Cohesion"


See my page on corruption research!

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A long suffering baseball fan of:
White Sox
My most widely cited book:
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Visit my papers
page for work on 
trust and inequality, 
papers on 
why American Jews
remain loyal to the
Democratic party,
and my page on
corruption and quality
of governance and my  
page on diversity
segregation, and trust.
Also see my article 
with Bo Rothstein of 
Goteborg University, 
Equality, Corruption, 
and Social Trust," 
 published in 
57 (October 2005), the most cited
article of the last decade in World 


  • His book Segregation and Mistrust: Diversity, Isolation, and Social Cohesion (Cambridge University Press, 2012) challenges the argument that diversity drives down trust and altruistic deeds.  Rather, it is segregation and the lack of diverse ties that leads people to be less trusting.  See the book prospectus and several papers on the diversity/segregation page. Order the book from Cambridge University Press or the Kindle edition from
  • Uslaner teaches courses in American politics (especially on Congress and Congressional elections), social capital, and political polarization.


  • See his new paper with Bo Rothstein on the historical roots of corruption--in which they show that levels of education across 78 countries in 1870 strongly predict corruption in 2010.  Historical levels of education reflect levels of equality across countries, which demonstrate strong "path dependence" over time.  The relationship between historical levels of education and corruption remains strong even when controlling for change in the level of education, gross national product per capita, and democratic governance. Regime type is generally not significant. We then trace early education to levels of economic equality in the late 19th and early 21st centuries—and argue that societies with more equality educated more of their citizens, which then gave their citi-zens more opportunities and power, reducing corruption. We present historical evidence from Europe and Spanish, British, and French colonies that strong states provided more education to their publics—and that such states were themselves more common where economic disparities were smaller.


  • Also see his new paper on how American Jews voted in the 2012 Presidential elections.  Jews remained loyal to the Democratic party despite extensive Republican attempts to woo the Jewish vote.  Arguments on Democratic weakness on Israel and spending of more than $6 million by Republicans had little effect on Jewish voters--and even seem to have backfired.  As Thomas Frank asked "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Uslaner asks, "What's the Matter with Palm Beach County?"


KEYNOTE SPEECHES: Uslaner has spoken widely about his work, giving keynote speeches in Australia, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.   He has also been an invited speaker in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand,  Serbia, and the Ukraine. 


He was a featured speaker at the MatchPoint 2014 seminar at

Aarhus, Denmark.








Uslaner has also given talks sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in Israel, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Laos, Mexico, the Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Saudi Arabia.

 And he is the proud husband of Debbie and even prouder father of Avery (click here to see them on their whale-watching exhibition in Australia and Avery's favorite pasttime), a Biology alumnus at Colorado College.

Contact Information:
Department of Government and Politics
4121 Chincoteague
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7211
Phone: (301) 405-4151
email: euslaner AT 

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