Daniel Chirot is the Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies in the University of Washington's Henry Jackson School of International Studies. His most recent book, co-authored with Scott L. Montgomery, is The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas That Made the Modern World. (Princeton University Press, 2015). A review of this book can be found in the New York Times Book Review Magazine on Sunday, August 23, 2015. The New York Times listed it as one of the 100 most notable books of 2015. Chirot has worked in and written about Europe, Africa, and Southeast and East Asia.