Michèle Lamont, Harvard University
Michèle Lamont is the Acting Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She is also a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, where she co-directs the program Successful Societies.

Lamont is a leading sociologist specializing in the study of culture, knowledge, higher education, inequality and racism. Her books include Social Resilience in the Neo-Liberal Age (co-edited with Peter A. Hall, 2013), Social Knowledge in the Making (coedited with Charles Camic and Neil Gross, 2011), Reconsidering Culture and Poverty (special issue coedited with David Harding and Mario Small, Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science, 2010), How Professors Think: Inside the World of Academic Judgment (2009), Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture affect Health (coedited with Peter A. Hall, 2009), The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration (2000), and Money, Morals and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class (1992). Recent papers include “Toward a Comparative Sociology of Valuation and Evaluation.” Annual Review of Sociology, 2012); “Why Social Relations Matter for Politics and Successful Societies” (with Peter A. Hall, Annual Review of Political Science, 2013); “What is Missing? Culture Processes and Causal Pathways to Inequality” (with Matthew Clair and Stefan Beljean, Socio-Economic Review, 2014), “How Neo-Liberalism has Transformed France’s Symbolic Boundaries?” (with Nicolas Duvoux, French Politics, Culture and Society, forthcoming), “In Praise of Methodological Pluralism: From a Methods to a Theory Debate” (with Ann Swidler, Qualitative Sociology, forthcoming), and “Beyond the Culture of Poverty: Meaning-Making Among Low-Income Populations around Family, Neighborhood, and Work” (with Monica Bell, Nathan Fosse, Michèle Lamont & Eva Rosen, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, forthcoming).

LichtermanPaul Lichterman, University of Southern California
Paul Lichterman’s specialty areas include culture, religion, civic organizations and social movements, politics, qualitative methodology, and theory. His first book, The Search for Political Community (Cambridge University Press, 1996), investigated different styles of grassroots environmentalism in the U.S., their strengths and drawbacks. His second book, Elusive Togetherness: Church Groups Trying to Bridge America’s Divisions (Princeton University Press, 2005), compares the ways that nine religiously sponsored community service groups tried to reach out to other community organizations and low-income people and build new social ties in the wake of welfare policy reforms. A lot of Paul’s research asks how people practice active citizenship and define public issues in a socially unequal, culturally diverse society. Paul also theorizes how culture shapes action in everyday life, and how people in turn use culture, and he writes on the logic of qualitative research. Paul has won Best Article awards twice from the ASA’s Section on Sociology of Culture, for work in American Journal of Sociology and Theory and Society; the book Elusive Togetherness won the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Pacific Sociological Association, and Honorable Mention from ASA’s Section on Sociology of Culture. His work is translated into French, Dutch, and Italian. With grants from National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation, Paul is studying the different ways that public organizations define and act on housing issues and homelessness. The study involves an innovative combination of methodologies including ethnography and network analysis, and ultimately will include a cross-national comparison.

PacificiRobin Wagner-Pacifici, New School for Social Research, The New School
Robin Wagner-Pacifici is Chair and University in Exile Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. She has researched and written on social, political, and violent conflict and its termination. She is the author of The Art of Surrender: Decomposing Sovereignty at Conflict’s End, Theorizing the Standoff: Contingency in Action, Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia vs MOVE, and The Moro Morality Play: Terrorism as Social Drama. She is co-author (with Meredith Hall) of a 2012 Annual Review of Sociology chapter on “Resolution of Social Conflict.” In memory studies, she co-authored (with Barry Schwartz), “The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial: Commemorating a Difficult Past,” (American Journal of Sociology 1991). Robin is currently writing book developing a theory of events, titled: “What is an Event?” An ongoing collaboration to analyze the official language of national security using computation textual analysis has recently (2013) generated the first of several anticipated publications, “Graphing the Grammar of Motives in U.S. National Security Strategies: Cultural Interpretation, Automated Text Analysis and the Drama of Global Politics,” with John W. Mohr, Ronald L. Breiger, and Petko Bogdanov, in a special issue of Poetics.

spillmanLynette Spillman, University of Notre Dame
Lyn Spillman’s interests are grounded in cultural sociology and extend to economic sociology, political sociology, and social theory. She is author of Solidarity in Strategy (University of Chicago Press, 2012), awarded the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Cultural Sociology and the Viviana Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology. Other works include Nation and Commemoration (Cambridge University Press, 1997), the anthology Cultural Sociology (Blackwell 2002) and articles and chapters on cultural theory, causality, nationalism, collective memory, and economic culture. She teaches sociology at the University of Notre Dame.



EmirbeyerMustafa Emirbayer, University of Wisconsin

Mustafa Emirbayer (Ph.D. 1989, Harvard University) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has published numerous influential essays on classical and contemporary social theory, organization studies, ethnomethodology, social network analysis, cultural sociology, social movement studies, research on social revolutions, social work, studies of civil society and the public sphere, and the historical sociology of education. Currently, he is completing a two-volume project on the sociology of race in America (coauthored with Matthew Desmond). One of these two companion volumes, Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (McGraw-Hill), was published in 2009; the other, The Racial Order, is under contract with The University of Chicago Press. Emirbayer is a past winner of the Lewis Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting and is chair of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association.

GlaeserAndreas Glaeser, University of Chicago
Andreas Glaeser is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. He works in the hermeneutic tradition of the social sciences eager to engage empirical work and theory development in a dialectical process. In this spirit his first book Divided in Unity: Identity, Germany and the Berlin Police (Chicago: 2000) develops a theory of identity formation processes while exploring the reasons why east and west Germans find it so hard to understand each other after political unification. His second book Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition and the End of East German Socialism (Chicago: 2010) formulates a hermeneutic, knowledge-centric institutionalism to account for the dissolution of socialism in East Germany. His current research activities center around three topics: First a sociology of liberation which aims to bring a normative perspective back into the social sciences; second a study on the differences of social imaginaries across history and cultures; and third, the dynamics of economic knowledge making in the context of bubble economies.

GiesenBernhard Giesen, Professor Emeritus, Konstanz University, CCS Faculty Fellow

Bernhard Giesen is interested in the comparative historical analysis of societies in Europe and of civilizations on a global level. Professor Giesen works within a culturalist framework, employing constructionist and evolutionary heuristics to examine the selective advantages of different cultural codings. This project has focussed on: (1) Comparative historical investigations of public opinion and of “collective identity” at both national and European levels, with reference to different codings of national identity; (2) The sociological analysis of intellectual rituals of discourse: the specific social embeddedness of intellectuals, their generation-specific position and their public self-thematization; and (3) The analysis of national rituals of remembrance and the differentiation and determination of function of different forms of collective memory. In this context the research is focusing on the historical change of remembrance rituals with regard to the conflicts between triumph and trauma.



Jason Mast
University of Warwick


Lisa McCormick
Haverford University


Matthew Norton
University of Oregon


Dominik Bartmanski
Masaryk University


Gary Adler, University of Southern California
Stefan Bargheer, University of California Los Angeles
Claudio Benzecry, University of Connecticut
Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
Max Besbris, New York University
Werner Binder, Masaryk University
Ruth Braunstein, University of Connecticut
Sorcha Brophy, Yale University
Karida Brown, Brown University
Erin Cech, Rice University
Clayton Childress, University of Toronto
Matthew Clair, Harvard University
Andy Cohen, Yale University
Andrea Cossu, Independent Researcher
Sarah Daynes, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Thomas DeGloma, Hunter College
Laura Edles, California State University, Northridge
Mary Beth Finch, Northwestern University
Michael Galchinsky, Georgia State University
Simona Giorgi, Boston College
Neha Gondal, Ohio State University
Diane Grams, Loyola University Chicago
Laura Grindstaff, University of California, Davis
Yifat Gutman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
John Hall, University of California, Davis
Andreas Hess, University College Dublin
Mervyn Horgan, University of Guelph
David Inglis, University of Aberdeen
Ron Jacobs, State University of New York at Albany
Anne Kane, University of Houston, Downtown
Tamara Kay, Harvard University
Theodore Kemper, St. John’s University
Jennifer Kim, Temple University
Anthony King, University of Exeter
Varvara Kobyshcha, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Nataliya Komarova, University of Amsterdam
Dmitry Kurakin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University
Despina Lalaki, The New School
Laura Langman, Loyola University
Paul Lopes, Colgate University

Kevin Loughran, Northwestern University
Cecilia (Haoyue) Li, State University of New York at Albany
Anna Lund, Linnaeus University
Carolyn Ly, Yale University
Timothy Malacarne, Yale University
Gemma Mangione, Northwestern University
Joshua McCabe, State University of New York at Albany
Murray Milner, University of Virginia
Marcus Morgan, University of Cambridge
John O’Brien, New York University, Abu Dhabi
Stephen Ostertag, Tulane University
Lindsay Owens, Stanford University
Josh Pacewicz, Brown University
Ali Papoliyazdi, University of Tehran
Ekaterina Pavlenko, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Kyle Puetz, University of Arizona
Valentin Rauer, University of Frankfurt
Victoria Reyes, Princeton University
Maria Rovisco, University of Leicester, UK
Hiro Saito, Harvard University
Robert Seyfert, Konstanz University
Ian Sheinheit, State University of New York at Albany
Hana Shepherd, Rutgers University
Ilana Silber, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Amy Singer, Franklin and Marshall College
Eunkyung Song, Rutgers University
Ivana Spasic, University of Belgrade
Abby Stivers, State University of New York at Albany
Florian Stoll, University Bayreuth
Csaba Szalo, Masaryk University
Carlo Tognato, University of Colombia
Mats Trondman, Linnaeus University
Andrea Tunarosa, Boston College
Gilles Verpraet, University Paris Ouest Nanterre
Junhow Wei, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Winchester, University of Connecticut
Alix Winter, Harvard University
Hannah Wohl, Northwestern University
Eric Woods, University of East London
Bin Xu, Florida International University
Mujun Zhou, Brown University