Jon Elster

Working Group Leader, CSCW; Professor, Columbia University

Jon Elster
Jon Elster left PRIO in 2012. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


Working experience:

  • Research director, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, 1984 to present.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, since 1988
  • Member, Academia Europaea since 1989
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo, 1990-92.
  • Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy since 1991
  • Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Science, Columbia University, 1995 to present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Centre for the Study of Civil War, Oslo 2003-2007

Please refer to the full CV for a complete list.


Education: from the University of Oslo, 1966. Thesis: "Prise de conscience dans la Phénoménologie de l'Esprit de Hegel".

Docteur ès lettres et sciences sociales from the University of Paris V, 1972. Thesis: "Production et reproduction: Essai sur Marx".

External homepage: 

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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Binningsbø, Helga Malmin; Cyanne Loyle ; Scott Gates & Jon Elster (2012) Armed Conflict and Post-Conflict Justice, 1946–2006: A Dataset, Journal of Peace Research 49(5): 731–740.
Elster, Jon (1978) Exploring Exploitation, Journal of Peace Research 15(1): 3–17.


Elster, Jon (2004) Closing the Books. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective.

Book Chapter

Elster, Jon (2005) Suicide Missions: Motivations and Beliefs, in Making Sense of Suicide Missions. Oxford: Oxford University Press (233–258).
Elster, Jon (2005) Selvmordsaksjoner, in Islamistisk Terrorisme. Oslo: (145–196).

Edited Volume

PRIO Policy Brief

Elster, Jon (2009) Land and Peace, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.