Richard Lachmann


Richard Lachmann Expertise: Comparative/Historical Sociology and Political Sociology

Contact Info:

  • Office: 352 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: please contact by email
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1400 Washington Ave.
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany
    Albany, NY 12222

CV: Curriculum Vitae


  • 1983 Ph.D., Harvard University
  • 1979 M.A., Harvard University
  • 1977 B.A., Princeton University

Recent Research Projects

  • The Decline of Dominant Powers: Early Modern Europe and the Contemporary United States -- This project examines the factors that cause the loss of economic and geo-political dominance by hegemonic powers, both historically and in the present-day United States. I am focusing on (1) the sources of state fiscal crises, (2) how decline effects the extent of political democracy, and (3) how geo-political and economic policies are made in dominant and declining states.
  • Media Depictions of War Casualties - Americans in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, Israelis in the 1967 Six Day and 2006 Lebanon Wars, and Russians in the Afghan and Second Chechen Wars.

Research Interests

  • Comparative/Historical Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Economic Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Networks
  • Development/World Systems

Courses Taught

  • SOC 235: Sociological Theory
  • SOC 215H: Writing Intensive Seminar on Social Origins of the Modern World
  • SOC 441Z: U.S. Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective
  • SOC 701: Comparative Historical Sociology
  • SOC 701: Political Sociology