Ekkart Zimmermann is a native of Germany and currently works as professor and chair for Macro-Sociology at the Dresden University of Technology. Since 2005 he also teaches sociology at the University for Political Science in Munich. Prof. Zimmermann studied economics, law and sociology in Berlin and at the University of Cologne from where he was awarded his degrees. After a professorship at the University of Wuppertal, he served as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Essex (UK), South Carolina and Yale (USA). He also holds a recurrent Guest-Professorship at the University of Fribourg (CH) since 2004. Zimmermann is a member of several national and international learned societies and advisor to the German scientific board. Among other academic fields, Zimmermann's research concentrates on system transformation and democracy, cross-country social conflict analysis, the increasing phenomenon of international political terror and violence, and methodological issues of the social sciences. Several of his works were translated into English, French, Italian, and other languages. Among his many books, lengthy essays, and other publications mention must be made here of his books "Political Violence, Crises and Revolutions: Theories and Research" (1983), "Entwicklung, Wandel, Globalisierung: Politische Soziologie" (2009), and his essays "Rechtsextremismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit in Deutschland" (2002), "Economic Causes of Terrorism" (2006) or "Globalisierung und Terrorismus" (2010).