Chris Armbruster was born
in the American sector of Berlin. He studied at Bielefeld (1994,
Diplom-Soziologe) and Lancaster (2002, PhD Sociology, funded by the ESRC). In
the process of researching the history of the Soviet empire and of state
socialism he spent time at UJ Kraków, ELTE Budapest, Uniwersytet Wrocławski
and Novosibirsk State University (NGU). He is an alumnus of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
and the Open Society Institute (HESP-Civic Education Project). His PhD thesis
was titled: Explaining 1989: A reconstruction of historical research
programmes on Soviet world power status, socialist states and their welfare
regimes, nation-building in the Soviet-Russian imperial union, Soviet imperial
relations of domination and communist ideology and party organisation and a
comparative appraisal of their explanatory scope, reliability and reach.
His working papers Soviet relations of domination: Legitimate or illegitimate? and Explaining 1989: Soviet imperial breakdown and structural stasis maybe accessed at http://ssrn.com/author=434782.
Chris has been a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European Forum (2004-05) The Role of Universities in Innovation Systems in the 21st century at Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. He was also Fellow of the Fondazione Antonio Ruberti (2005-06) (as awarded by EIROforum - European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN); European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA); European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL); European Space Agency (ESA); European Southern Observatory (ESO); European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); Institut Laue–Langevin (ILL) and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.
His working papers on university finances, higher education funding, the post-doctoral career and scholarly communication and publishing are also available online.