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Stefan Heumann

University of Pennsylvania, Political Science

The Tutelary Empire: State- and Nation-Building in the 19th Century U.S.

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Stefan Heumann is the Deputy Program Director of the "European Digital Agenda" at The New Responsibility Foundation in Berlin.

Heumann's research interests include imperialism, the politics of U.S. state expansion, and American political development.

Heumann used a historical-institutionalist approach in his dissertation, locating the origins of key U.S. institutions in British imperial policies in North America and tracing their development throughout the 19th century. He argued that state-building, understood as the establishment of governing authority as well as the construction and expansion of administrative capacity and bureaucratic autonomy, is distinguished from nation-building, the process of inclusion and exclusion of diverse populations within the polity. The concept of tutelage, Heumann stated, captures the approach of the U.S. government to populations who were subjected to U.S. governing authority without sharing the political rights, protections, and privileges of those residing within one of the states of the Union.

Fellowship year: 2009

Mentor: Richard White, Stanford University

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