Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dominik Bartmanski
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

As an undergraduate student I attended Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. I studied sociology and cultural anthropology at the Department of Philosophy and international relations at the Department of Political Science. Under the influence of European humanistic traditions that shaped the intellectual atmosphere there, I became interested in research frameworks that emphasized centrality of culture for social science and hermeneutics as a crucial method. I wrote my master thesis in sociology under the supervision of Professor Piotr Sztompka. I had continued the study of social meanings as an M.A. student at the University of Exeter before I came to the CCS.

I conduct my research within the tradition of interpretive social science. Among many thinkers and researchers who inspired me and continue to be important are Clifford Geertz, Marshall Sahlins, Florian Znaniecki, Michel Foucault and Jeffrey Alexander. Literature remains a profound source of inspiration as well. The list of authors significant for my thinking is, of course, too long to be put here; it includes such figures as Rainer Rilke and Witold Gombrowicz.

My dissertation develops a series of cultural sociological arguments within the subfield of social iconology and visual studies. It is devoted to the meanings of visual transformation of public sphere and place making in post-socialist capital cities of Berlin and Warsaw. Other topics of scholarly interest include intellectual work as cultural performance, social epistemology of cultural trauma, post-socialist transition as postcolonial trauma, and the meanings of travel literature.

Key concepts of my work are – inter alia – icon, iconicity, cityscape, the liminal, the numinous, chronotope, sociotope, totemism, narrative, post-socialist, Ostalgie, modernity, ost-modernity, myth/mythology, netropolis, interpassivity, public sphere, cultural trauma, intelligentsia/intellectuals, performativity, symbolism.

Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
European Commission, Erasmus Student Exchange Program
University of Exeter, the Centre for European Governance (formerly the Centre for European Studies)

Werner Binder
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Elizabeth Breeze

Martin de Santos
New York University in Buenos Aires

From 2007 – 2010 Martin de Santos was a visiting assistant professor in the Sociology department at Cornell University. He currently teaches “Latin American Global Scapes” at New York University in Buenos Aires as well as working as a researcher at the Escuela de Política y Gobierno at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín.

Martin de Santos is also a reviewer for the various scholarly journals including Sociological Theory, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Theory and Society.
(B.A., Princeton University, 1993; M.A., Yale University, 2002; Ph.D., Yale University, 2007)

Rui Gao

Rui Gao’s interests include cultural sociology, social theories, media studies, and gender studies. (B.A. English, Beijing Foreign Studies University; M.A. Sociology, University of Notre Dame.)

Tanya Goodman
Independent researcher

Tanya Goodman recently submitted her dissertation entitled Setting the Stage for a “New” South Africa: A Cultural Approach to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. (B.A., Tulane University, 1989; M.A., Yale University, 1998; Ph.D., Yale University, 2005.) E-mail: tanya dot goodman at aya dot yale dot edu

Caroline Gray
Associate Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics

Caroline Gray earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University and an M.A. in Sociology from UCLA. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics, a branch of the CDC. Her research interests include culture, disability studies, and medicine and the body. Her dissertation compared justifications of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries with attention to the cultural categories that are at the heart of them. At her current position she is responsible for conducting qualitative, interpretive work that aims to understand the meaning systems that inform respondents’ answers to survey questions. She is currently co-writing a paper that seeks to apply a cultural sociological approach to the work that she does at the center. She is also co-writing a paper based on interviews conducted at NCHS that explores how individuals reject pharmaceutical “mainstream” medicine in place of alternative and complementary medicine. She has published work on disability and culture and is also currently revising chapters of her dissertation to submit for publication.

Maria Rovisco
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, ISCTE, University of Lisbon

Maria Rovisco gained her doctorate in Sociology from the University of York. In 2006 she was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. She has published articles on the tradition of European films of voyage, cosmopolitanism, the idea of Europe, and on symbolic boundaries and collective identity formation. She is currently working on a project on the Arts and the Public Sphere in Portugal (1960-2005), sponsored by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, and is co-editing the book Cosmopolitanism in Practice (Ashgate). (B.A., 1995, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; MPhil, 2001, ISCTE, Portugal; Ph.D., 2003, University of York) Email:

Esteve Ollé Sanz

Esteve Ollé is interested in exploring the relation between culture, power and instrumental reason through the analysis of certain television productions. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Catalonia, with a focus on the cultural and technological transformations of contemporary public bureaucracies, and a M.Phil. in Political Science from the LSE, based on a three-year research project on the political and emotional elements of global event episodes. In 2008 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, where he learned about the changing structure of television industry and the contemporary trends of television fiction.

Steve Sherwood
Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles

Steve Sherwood is a cultural sociologist who received his doctorate from UCLA in 2002 and has been a lecturer there since then. His current interests are in Pop as a cultural movement, Andy Warhol and the ideas of iconicity and iconic experience. His research is inspired by the continuing deep relevance of Emile Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, especially the “totemic” Chapter 7. His most recent publication is “Seeker of the Sacred: A Late Durkheimian Theory of the Artist” in Ron Eyerman and Lisa McCormick (editors), Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts (2006).

Andrea Voyer
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Andrea Voyer (PhD, Wisconsin) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Cultural Sociology at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. She is a sociologist of urban and community studies, immigrant inclusion, and racial and ethnic relations. Voyer’s research consists of ethnographic observation of the interactions between existing community residents and officials and new immigrants in Maine, Sweden and China. She augments this research with systematic notes on her own experiences as a labor migrant. Strangers and Neighbors: Immigration and Community in Multicultural America, an investigation into Somali immigrant incorporation in Maine, is in press with Cambridge University Press. (Ph.D, MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison; MA, BA, University of Chicago)