Center on Organizational Innovation

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Columbia University

Columbia University
803 International Affairs
MC 3355
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NY, NY 10027
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David Stark

Associate Director:
Monique Girard

Columbia Faculty Affiliates:
Bruce Kogut
Reinhold Martin
Alondra Nelson
Damon J. Phillips
Charles F. Sabel
Elliott D. Sclar
Karen Seeley
David Stark
Diane Vaughan
Harrison C. White
Josh Whitford
External Faculty Affiliates:
Jonathan Bach
Beth Bechky
Daniel Beunza
Pablo J. Boczkowski
Luc Boltanski
László Bruszt
Michel Callon
Noshir Contractor
Geoff Fougere
Cristobal Garcia
Gernot Grabher
Antoine Hennion
Victoria Johnson
Bruno Latour
Sheen Levine
Mary Lou Maher
Yuval Millo
Fabian Muniesa
Tom Nakano
Gina Neff
Warren Sack
Ramon Sangüesa
Jomo K. Sundaram
Balázs Vedres
Duncan J. Watts
Pierre-Paul Zalio

Jonathan Bach   send email
Jonathan Bach Jonathan Bach is Chair of the interdisciplinary Global Studies undergraduate program and Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York. His current work concerns post-socialist transition in Germany and China. Bach draws from anthropology, sociology and political science to explore how received notions of sovereignty, space and identity are reformulated through micro-level practices. He has written with David Stark on information technology and organizational change, and writes on labor migration and citizenship and political theory. Bach is the author of Between Sovereignty and Integration: German Foreign Policy and National Identity after 1989 (St. Martin’s Press 1999), and his articles have appeared in Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Politics, Public Culture, Theory, Culture and Society, Cultural Politics, Studies in Comparative and International Development, Geopolitics, and Philosophy and Social Science.

Bach received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and has held visiting positions at Brown and Columbia Universities, the Center for Literature and Cultural Studies in Berlin and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies in Hamburg. He has held post-doctoral fellowships at Columbia University (ISERP) and Harvard University (Center for European Studies), where he is a faculty affiliate. He was previously the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. Bach is a faculty affiliate at the New School Department of Anthropology, external faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation and a founding member of the CODES Seminar at COI.


Beth Bechky   send email
Beth Bechky
Beth Bechky is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. Beth's research is at the intersection of organization theory and the sociology of work and occupations; she focuses on the interaction order of the workplace. She is currently engaged in an ethnographic study of forensic scientists. Beth's recent publications include "Coordination in organizations: An integrative perspective," (with Gerardo Okhuysen) published in The Academy of Management Annals, "Boundary organizations: Enabling collaboration among unexpected allies," (with Siobhan O'Mahony) published in Administrative Science Quarterly, and Qualitative Organizational Research, Volume 2: Best Papers from the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research (co-edited with Kimberly Elsbach). Beth is a senior editor at Organization Science. She received a BS from Cornell University and an MA in sociology and a PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University.

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Daniel Beunza   send email
Daniel Beunza Dr Beunza is an Assistant Professor of Management within the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group. His research in sociology explores the ways in which social relations and technology shape financial value. His award-winning study of a derivatives trading room on a Wall Street bank traces the roots of extraordinary returns to the use of space and internal organization. He has also studied securities analysts and the systemic risk posed by financial models. Along with other sociologists, Dr Beunza's research has led to the development of an emerging discipline, the social studies of finance, that challenges economic and behavioural understandings of finance by incorporating the role of social relations and technology.

Dr Beunza obtained his PhD from New York University and taught at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and Columbia Business School in New York City before joining LSE.

Pablo J. Boczkowski   send email   visit website
Pablo BoczkowskiPablo J. Boczkowski is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies-with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology, the Medill School of Journalism, the Institute for Policy Research and the Media Management Center. He is also External Faculty Affiliate at Columbia University's Center on Organizational Innovation and Visiting Faculty at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella's Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before coming to Northwestern, he was Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research program examines the transformation of print culture in the digital age. He pursues this program through field studies of how the construction and use of digital media technologies affect work practices, communication processes, and interaction with consumers, focusing on organizations and occupations that have traditionally been associated with print media. He is currently undertaking two projects. The first one looks at transformations in the library profession that have arisen as librarians have attempted to extend their mission of cultural custody—capturing, preserving and making available the cultural record of a community-in the digital domain. The second one analyzes changes in news organizations and journalistic routines that have emerged as a result of making online news for a relatively new time and space of news consumption: people who access the news online during their work day and at their work places.

Boczkowski is the author of Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (MIT Press, 2004) and articles in publications such as Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, The Information Society, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences as well as edited volumes. His work has received awards from the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the American Sociological Association, the Central States Communication Association, and the Media Ecology Association, including winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award of the International Communication Association and co-winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award of the National Communication Association's Critical and Cultural Studies Division and the 2004 Outstanding Book Award of the National Communication Association's Organizational Communication Division, all three for Digitizing the News.

When he is not digging into field notes, interview transcriptions or archival material, he reads stories about monsters, princesses, sharing and toilet training with his two little ones, Sofia and Emma.

Luc Boltanski    visit website
Luc Boltanski Luc Boltanski is the leading figure in the new "pragmatics" school of French sociology. He is a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and is the founder of the Centre de Sociologie Politique et Morale. In his recent book, On Justification (co-authored with Laurent Thévenot, English translation forthcoming, Princeton University Press), Boltanski argues that modern societies are not a single social order but an interweaving of multiple orders. Boltanski identifies six "regimes of justification," systematic and coherent principles of evaluation. These multiple orders (civic, market, transcendence, fame, industrial, and domestic) are not bounded to particular social domains but coexist in the same social space -- as Boltanski persuasively demonstrates through a content analysis of texts used in managerial training in contemporary French corporations. Boltanski's current work explores a seventh "connectionist" regime (organized around the concept of flexible networks now prominent in the conception of "the Project") based on a systematic analysis of managerial science literature in the 1960s and 1990s.

Boltanski's recent publications include: "The Sociology of Critical Capacity," (with Laurent Thévenot) European Journal of Social Theory, vol. 2, nº 3, August 1999, pp. 359-378; Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme (with Eve Chiapello) Gallimard, Paris, 1999; Distant Suffering: Morality, Media and Politics, Cambridge University Press, 1999; and L'amour et la justice comme compétences: trois essais de sociologie de l'action, Éditions Métaillé, Paris, 1990.

László Bruszt   send email
László BrusztLászló Bruszt is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Central European University in Budapest. His research interests include political and economic sociology. Bruszt's recent studies focus on the interplay between state building, institutional development and economic change. He is a co-author, with David Stark, of Postsocialist Pathways: Transforming Politics and Property in Eastern Europe, a comparative study of the opportunities and dilemmas posed by the simultaneous extension of property rights and citizenship rights. Bruszt has taught at Notre Dame University, the New School for Social Research and Cornell University. He has been a research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and a visiting fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Budapest Collegium and Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Bruszt has an M.A. in Sociology and Doctor Universitatis from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and his Ph.D. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Michel Callon   send email   visit website
Michel CallonMichel Callon is Professor of Sociology at the École des Mines de Paris, and a researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation. Together with Bruno Latour and John Law he was responsible for the early development of what is actually known as Actor-Network Theory. He is now working on the anthropology of economic markets (He was the editor of a book called The Laws of the Markets published by Blackwell which shows the role of economics in performing economies). He is also working with Vololona Rabeharisoa on the role of patient's organizations in the production of knowledge. He has recently published, with Pierre Lascoumes and Yannick Barthe, a book in french on the technical democracy (Agir dans un monde incertain. Essai sur la democratie technique. Paris. Le Seuil. 2001)

Noshir Contractor   send email   visit website
Noshir ContractorNoshir Contractor is an Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches courses and doctoral seminars on organizational communication processes, communication network analysis, dynamic systems analysis, collaboration technologies, and quantitative research methods. His research interests include applications of systems theory to communication, the role of emergent communication and knowledge networks in organizations, and collaboration technologies in the work place. Contractor has published or presented over 75 research papers dealing with communication.

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Geoff Fougere   send email   visit website
Geoff FougereGeoff Fougere is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His research interests include innovation and change, economic sociology, political sociology and health policy. Fougere held previous appointments at Canterbury and Otago Universities and recently a Mellon Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University. Publications range across several substantive areas but for the most part share a common focus on issues at the intersection of states and markets. He chairs the University's Foundation Board in Health and has had wide experience as an analyst of health policy. Currently a member of the New Zealand National Advisory Committee on Health and Disability. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Canterbury.

Cristobal Garcia   send email  
Cristobal Garcia Cristobal Garcia is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Catolica of Chile. Previously, Cristobal was the Regional Lead of Workplace Solutions and Organizational Network Analysis at PwC's Change & Program Effectiveness in New York City. He was also a Research Affiliate at MIT's Comparative Media Studies and MIT's Political Science where he conducted research on wireless media, educational videogames, and organizational innovation.

His interests, broadly speaking, span from media to organization studies. Currently, he is conducting research on the changing relationship between dynamic electronic networks, organizational structure, and the physical workspace. He is also resuming his early research on mobile technology, digital culture and the urban condition. Some of his recent publications include: "Urban and Mediated Citizenship" (RU No 84, 2004), and "Workplace for Innovation and Transformation: the case of IDEO" (ARQ editions, August 2007).

Cristobal is a founding member of History Unwired and the Global Agenda Game at MIT, as well as of the Chilean Chapter of the World Internet Project (WIP). Cristobal is also a columnist at Duna FM radio station, Que Pasa magazine, and Podcaster where he hosts his first podcast, Node. Cristobal holds degrees in sociology and philosophy, and a MS in Media Studies at MIT.

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Monique Girard, Associate Director of COI   send email
Monique Girard Monique Girard, Associate Director of COI, is Associate Director of the Center on Organizational Innovation at Columbia's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. Girard's current research lies at the intersection of communications, science studies, and public policy with a focus on distributed knowledge communities and the social properties of virtual collaborative work spaces. Recent publications include: "The Socio-Technology of Assembly: Sense-Making and Demonstraton in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan" (with David Stark) in Governance and Information: The Rewiring of Governing and Deliberation in the 21st Century (2006); and "Heterarchies of Value: Distributing Intelligence and Organizing Diversity in a New Media Startup" in Global Assemblages:Technology,Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, 2005. She received her B.A. in anthropology from Princeton and her M.A. from Harvard.

Gernot Grabher   send email   visit website
Gernot Grabher Professor Gernot Grabher is Dean of the Master School Urban Planning and directs the research unit Urban and Regional Economic Studies at the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU). Previously he held positions, amongst others, at the University of Bonn, King's College London and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). He was visiting fellow at COI in 2006 and held visiting positions at Cornell University, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and the Santa Fe Institute of Complexity. Currently, he is conducting research that, first, explores how social network sites like LinkedIn and Facebook reshape practices of socializing, creativity and knowledge production. A second line of research investigates the organizational practices and routines through which cities seek to learn from rare events like natural disasters or mega-events to better cope with such circumstances in the future. Finally, a third project field examines how new social practices in the sharing economy transform urban life. Gernot is co- editor of the Routledge Regions and Cities Series and was co-editor of Economic Geography between 2007 and 2011.

Antoine Hennion   send email   visit website
Antoine HennionAntoine Hennion is Director of Research at the École des Mines de Paris where he directs the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation. He has written extensively on the sociology of music, the sociology of media and cultural industries, and on new conceptions of innovation whether in science, technology, organization, or the arts. His most recent research addresses various forms of "amateurisms" -- passions, addictions and attachments.

His publications include:
  • "A Sociology of Attachment: Music Amateurs, Drug Users" (with E. Gomart), in Actor Network Theory and After, J. Law, J. Hassard eds, Oxford, Blackwell, 1999: 220-247

  • "Authority as performance. The love of Bach in nineteenth-century France" (with J.-M. Fauquet), Poetics 29, T. DeNora ed., 2001: 75-88

  • "Sociology of Art: New Stakes in a Post-Critical Time" (with L. Grenier), in The International Handbook of Sociology, S.R. Quah, A. Sales eds, London, Sage, 2000: 341-355

  • "Music Lovers. Taste as Performance", Theory, Culture, & Society vol. 18(5), 2001: 1-22

  • "L'écoute à la question", Revue de Française de Musicologie tome 88, no. 1, 2002: 95-149

  • "Baroque and Rock: Music, Mediators and Musical Taste", 1997, Poetics 24/6: 415-435

  • La passion musicale. Une sociologie de la médiation (Paris, Métailié, 1993)

  • Le design: l'objet dans l'usage. La relation objet-usage-usager dans le travail de trois agences (with S. Dubuisson), 1996, Paris, Presses de l'Ecole des Mines

  • La grandeur de Bach. L'amour de la musique en France au XIXe siècle (with J.-M. Fauquet), 2000, Paris, Fayard.
  • Victoria Johnson   send email
    Victoria Johnson Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include cultural organizations, historical sociology, and the natural environment. She is the author of Backstage at the Revolution: How the Royal Paris Opera Survived the End of the Old Regime (Chicago, 2008) and is currently working on a book about philanthropy, politics, and the natural environment in the early United States. Johnson received her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia and her B.A. in philosophy from Yale.

    Bruce Kogut   send email
    Bruce Kogut Bruce Kogut is Professor of Management at the Columbia Business School where he directs the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics. A former professor at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he has been a visiting scholar at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Stockholm School of Economics, Science Center Berlin, and the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. Kogut has published on such topics as regional labor markets for ideas, small world of corporate ownership, causal credit and fuzzy categories, and the emergence of the internet (The Global Internet Economy, MIT Press, 2003). His current research focuses on distributed innovation and open source and on the question of why academics give (sometimes) bad advice.

    Bruno Latour   send email   visit website
    Bruno LatourBruno Latour is a leading figure in the study of science and technology. He is Professor at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI) de l'école Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics as well as in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. Latour is the author of Laboratory Life: the Construction of Scientific Facts (Princeton University Press); Science in Action; The Pasteurization of France; and Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality of Science Studies (all with Harvard University Press). He has also published a field study of an automatic subway system, Aramis or The Love of Technology, and an essay on symmetric anthropology, We Have Never Been Modern (both with Harvard and now translated in 15 languages). In a series of new books in French he is exploring the consequences of science studies on different traditional topics of the social sciences (Sur le culte moderne des dieux faitiches, and Paris ville invisible, a photographic essay on the technical & social aspects of the city of Paris). He recently published a book on the political philosophy of the environment, Politiques de la nature (currently being translated at Harvard). A book from the Iconoclash ZKM exhibit that he curated is available from MIT press.

    Sheen Levine   send email   visit website
    Sheen LevineA graduate of The Wharton School, Prof. Sheen S. Levine’s research and teaching span disciplines. He has been studying how Pay It Forward creates surprising acts of kindness and leads to sharing knowledge and facilitating innovation. Interaction between people can result in unexpected outcomes, as his research on price bubbles in markets reveals. People, after all, are social creatures who cluster in social networks, a topic he studied. His research has been cited by scholars in business, sociology, psychology and economics. It has also been relied upon in computer science, physics and mathematics. Prof. Levine is a member of the Academy of Management (where he chairs the Behavioral Strategy workshop), American Sociological Association, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, American Economic Association, and Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. His research won grants from and conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mary Lou Maher   send email   visit website
    Mary Lou MaherMary Lou Maher is Professor of Design Computing and co-director of the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney. Her teaching ranges across many areas, including computer-supported collaborative design, virtual architecture, database management systems, and case-based reasoning. Her research interests center around the development of computational models for design processes and computer-supported collaborative design, using techniques from artificial intelligence, data management and multimedia. Most recently, she is developing agent models of virtual architecture to support professional and educational environments. Maher is the editor of the International Journal of Design Computing, and the editor or coauthor of 8 books and over 130 papers. She received her B.E. from Columbia University and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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    Reinhold Martin    send email
    Reinhold Martin Reinhold Martin is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and is a partner in the firm Martin/Baxi Architects. He was a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities from 1996-1997 and also acted as an editor of Grey Room -- a scholarly journal devoted to the theorization of modern and contemporary architecture, art, media, and politics. He received his B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Grad. Dipl. (History and Theory) from the Architectural Association in 1991 and an M.A. in Architecture from Princeton University.

    His book recently published by MIT: The Organization Complex is a historical and theoretical analysis of corporate architecture in the United States after the Second World War. As it is noted in a book review: "Its title refers to the aesthetic and technological extension of the military-industrial complex, in which architecture, computers, and corporations formed a network of objects, images and discourses that realigned social relations and transformed the postwar landscape. In-depth case studies of architect Eero Saarinin's work for Gerneral Motors, IBM, and Bell Laboratories and analysis of office buildings designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill trace the emergence of a systems-based model of organization in architecture, in which the modular curtain walls acts as both an organizational device and a carrier of the corporate image. Such an image--of the corporation as a flexible, intergrated system--is seen to correspond with a "humanization" of corporate life, as corporations decentralize both spatially and administratively. Parallel analyses follow the assimilation of cybernetics into aesthetics in the writings of artist and visual theorist Gyorgy Kepes, as art merges with techno-science in the service of a dynamic new "pattern seeing." Image and system thus converge in the organization complex, while top-down power among many media technologies, supplies the patterns--images of organic integreation designed to regulate new and unstable human-machine assemblages."

    Yuval Millo   send email
    Yuval Millo Yuval Milo is a professor of Social Studies of Finance and Management Accounting in University of Leicester School of Management. Prior to this he held positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Essex. Yuval's background is in sociology of science and technology, economic sociology and accounting. Yuval is a leading contributor to the emerging field of Social Studies of finance (SSF), which develops a unified analytical framework that includes elements from accounting, financial economics and sociology and analyses dynamics in and around financial markets. SSF pays particular attention to the technological and organizational infrastructure that affects price formation. Yuval recently published in Harvard Business Review, Environment and Planning, Journal of Cultural Economy and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, Yuval's current research includes the emergence of electronic trading in financial exchanges, the evolution of accounting standards for testing the impairment of assets and the rise of the Social Return On Investment methodology.

    Fabian Muniesa   send email
    Fabian MuniesaFabian Muniesa is a researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (Ecole des Mines de Paris). In 2003, he completed a PhD on the sociology of exchange automation at the Paris Bourse, under the supervision of Michel Callon. His doctoral work is a contribution to the development of an STS (Science and Technology Studies) approach to the study of financial markets. He has also contributed to that field with two special issues in French journals: Politix, 13(52), 2000, and Réseaux, 21(122), 2003. His current interests include economic experiments, the anthropology of calculation, and the sociology of architectural projects. Muniesa graduated in Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and worked as a researcher at the UCE (Usages, Créativité et Ergonomie) laboratory at France Telecom R&D during his PhD. He also joined the Department of Information Systems at the London School of Economic for a one year post-doctoral project. In 2004, he received a international research grant from the Ville de Paris.

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    Tom Nakano    send email   visit website
    Tom Nakano Tsutomu (Tom) Nakano has been Professor of Management, Organizations and Strategy in the Faculty of Graduate School of International Management (Aoyama Business School), Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo since April 2007 where he co-hosts the Business and Economics Workshop (BEW). With his B.A. in economics from Keio University in Tokyo and M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, Tom worked for Citibank, N.A. for eight years in corporate and investment banking areas before starting his Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia (2002). His research interests include corporate strategy, economic sociology, international management, organization theory, and social network analysis. He has conducted network analysis of complex supplier-buyer relations in a largest Japanese industrial district, as an empirical study of Harrison White's producer markets model and their network integration mechanisms and pricing dynamics (COI and the Sante Fe Institute working papers co-authored with Douglas R. White). His present research projects also include the active engagement in corporate mergers & acquisitions and strategic alliances by the Japanese corporations, which has promoted a large-scale reorganization of the industry value-chain, from a network approach; the booming business of investor relations in debt and equity markets as corporate, strategic planning and action, from the viewpoint of economic sociology; and the impending issues in and around the Japanese multinationals as to become a truly global company in the age of transnational management. Previously he took posts at Kwansei Gakuin Business School, Osaka; Doshisha Business School, Kyoto; the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and the School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint while visited, as for research study projects, the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo and the Institute of Technology, Enterprise, and Competitiveness, Doshisha University in Kyoto.

    Gina Neff  send email
    Gina Neff Neff is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Labor and Employment at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is conducting research on work in the new economy. Her dissertation, Organizing Uncertainty: Work, Risk and Control in New York's Internet Industry, focused on the ways in which financial and economic risk was shaped, shifted and shared throughout Silicon Alley. Her publications include with David Stark, "Permanently Beta: Responsive Organization in the Internet Era," in Philip Howard and Steve Jones, eds., Society Online: The Internet in Context, (Sage 2003) and "Risk Relations: The New Uncertainties of Work," in Working USA.

    Alondra Nelson    send email    visit website
    Alondra Nelson Alondra Nelson is Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where she directs the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her research focuses on how scientific innovations impact other social fields. More specifically, she studies the production of knowledge about human difference in biomedicine and technoscience and the circulation of these ideas in the broader public sphere. Nelson is the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, an examination of the radical organization's health-focused activities, which included the creation of alternative healthcare institutions as well as interventions into etiological theory. In her recent work, Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race and History (edited with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee), she considers how conceptualizations of race, ethnicity and gender derived from scientific and technical domains are challenged, engaged and, in some instances, adopted and mobilized. Nelson is also coeditor of Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life. Her next book, The Social Life of DNA, is forthcoming from Beacon Press.

    Damon J. Phillips    send email    visit website
    Damon J. PhillipsDamon J. Phillips is the James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy. Before joining Columbia in 2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (from 1998-2011). During the 2010-2011 academic year he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Phillips’ research interests include the social structural approaches to labor and product markets, organizational sociology, the reception of cultural products, as well as social network theory and analysis. His research settings are markets for professional services (law, consulting, investment banking, accounting), entrepreneurship, and culture (music industry). He currently has a book contract with Princeton University Press on the early market for recorded jazz tentatively titled "Shaping Jazz". Phillips is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Morehouse College with a bachelor's degree in physics. He earned his first master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his second master's degree in sociology as well as his PhD from Stanford University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, learning to play instruments, and listening to music.

    Charles F. Sabel   send email   visit website
    Charles SabelCharles F. Sabel is the Michael T. Moore Professor of Law at the Columbia School of Law. He has also been a professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at MIT. Sabel was a MacArthur prize fellow from 1982-87. His publications include "A Quiet Revolution of Democratic Governance: Towards Democratic Experimentalism," in Governance in the 21st Century, "Ratcheting Labor Standards," (with Archon Fung and Dara O'Rourke) in Visions of Ethical Sourcing, "Beyond Backyard Environmentalism" (with Archon Fung and Brad Karkkainen) in New Democracy Forum, Design, Deliberation and Democracy. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

    Warren Sack   send email   visit website
    Warren SackWarren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. Before joining the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Film & Digital Media Department, Warren was an assistant professor at UC Berkeley, a research scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory, and a research collaborator in the Interrogative Design Group at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He earned a B.A. from Yale College and an S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory.

    Elliott D. Sclar   send email   visit website
    Elliott SclarElliott D. Sclar is a Professor of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Director of the Urban Planning Program, and a Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He is Project Director for the Twentieth Century Fund and is a member of the American Planning Association and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. Sclar received his B.A. from Hofstra University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Tufts University. Sclar's most recent book, "You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization," received the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.

    Karen Seeley   send email
    Karen SeeleyKaren Seeley teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University and in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College, and is also a staff psychotherapist at the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at Barnard College. In her teaching and research, she examines culture and mental health, trauma, intercultural psychotherapy, and biculturalism. Seeley is the author of Cultural psychotherapy: Working with culture in the clinical encounter (2000), and of articles on cultural turns in psychology and on ethnographic inquiry in mental health treatment. With support from the Russell Sage Foundation, she conducted research among New York City psychotherapists to learn how they were affected by their work after 9-11. Seeley received a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University, a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in Cultural Psychology. She has a private psychotherapy practice in New York City.

    David Stark, Director of COI   send email   visit website
    David Stark David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. Stark studies how organizations and their members search for what is valuable. Dissonance - disagreement about the principles of worth - can lead to discovery. To study the organizational basis for innovation, he has carried out ethnographic field research in Hungarian factories before and after 1989, in new media start-ups in Manhattan before and after the crash, and in a World Financial Center trading room before and after the attack on September 11th. Stark's current research employs large datasets to study the social sources of creativity. Supported by a major grant from the National Science Foundation (with Co-PI Balazs Vedres), his research team is developing network analysis to examine the historical structures whereby teams assemble, disassemble, and resassemble. They are currently analyzing data on every commercially released video game (some 28,000 video games involving an estimated 310,000 unique invididuals) and approximately 40,000 jazz recording sessions involving some 400,000 musicians).

    His book, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009. His most recent book, This Place, These People (with photographer Nancy Warner) was published by Columbia University Press in 2013.

    Stark was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. He has been a visiting fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris; the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne; the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham, UK; the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City; the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto; the Institute for Advanced Study/Collegium Budapest; the Center for the Social Sciences in Berlin; the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study; and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ecole Normale Superieure - Cachan in 2013.

    Jomo K. Sundaram   send email
    Jomo SundaramJomo K. Sundaram is a Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya. He has held teaching positions at the Science University of Malaysia, Harvard University, Yale College, National University of Malaysia, Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Cornell University. Jomo's most recent publications include Rents, Rent-Seeking and Economic Development: Theory and the Asian Evidence, Malaysian Eclipse: Economic Crisis and Recovery, Globalization Versus Development: Heterodox Perspectives and Southeast Asia's Industrialization. Jomo is a co-founder of the IDEAs (International Institute for Development Economic Analysis) Network, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to linking development economists around the world. The organization's planned activities include the development of a Web site, thematic research and policy working groups, textbook and teaching materials and a refereed journal. Future projects include research on inflation targeting and the political economy of rent-seeking, as well as capacity building workshops for junior faculty, government policy makers and NGO activists. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.

    Diane Vaughan   send email
    Diane VaughanDiane Vaughan is Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has been awarded multiple fellowships, the most recent of which is from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2003-04).

    Much of her research has examined the "dark side" of organizations: mistake, misconduct, and disaster. Vaughan is author of Controlling Unlawful Organizational Behavior, Uncoupling, and The Challenger Launch Decision, which was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize, the Robert K Merton Award, Honorable Mention for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship of the American Sociological Association, and was nominated for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, she worked with the Columbia Accident Investigation Board on their analysis and report on the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

    In line with her interest in the production of scientific and technical knowledge, two books are in progress. The first one, Theorizing: Analogy, Cases, and Comparative Social Organization, examines the uses of analogy in sociology and the fundamental contribution that analogical comparison does and can make to theorizing. The second is Dead Reckoning: Air Traffic Control in the Early 21st Century, based on ethnography and interviews in four air traffic facilities. The focus of the book is the work that air traffic controllers do and the interface between human cognitive abilities and technology in a highly standardized system in which risk and safety are their responsibility.

    Balázs Vedres   send email   visit website
    Balazs Vedres Balázs Vedres is assistant professor of sociology and social anthropology at the Central European University. He holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University and is an International Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. His research develops new methods that bring network analysis into historical sociology and historical sensibilities into network analysis. His current research examines the dynamics of political networks of large corporations in postsocialism. Vedres is co-author of "Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary", with David Stark; an article published in the American Journal of Sociology, 111(5). Balazs Vedres' research interests also includes the dynamics of symbolic netwokrs in political discourse, and the relationship between civil society activism and project organization.

    Duncan J. Watts   send email   visit website
    Duncan Watts Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. From 2000-2007, he was a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group . He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and is currently a visiting fellow at Columbia University and at Nuffield College, Oxford.

    His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review. He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999), and most recently Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011)

    He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer's commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University. He lives in New York City.

    Harrison C. White   send email   visit website
    Harrison WhiteHarrison C. White is Giddings Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. His research interests include social structural theory, formal organization, mathematical models, sociolinguisitcs, and sociology of art and culture. White has published both field studies and mathematical analyses of business firms and market operation. He is a founder of the joint doctoral program between sociology, psychology, and the business school at Harvard University and University of Arizona, and he has served on the board of directors of an urban system consulting firm. His current work centers on control processes through agency, and how this shapes the use of time. He is the author of Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production, Careers and Creativity: Social Forces in the Arts, Identity and Control: A Structural Theory of Social Action and Canvases and Careers: Institutional Change in the French Painting World (with Cynthia A. White). He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University.

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    Josh Whitford    send email
    Josh WhitfordJosh Whitford joined the Columbia sociology faculty in July 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 2003, and then spent a year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His research interests include economic and organizational sociology, comparative political economy, and pragmatist social theory. His current work focuses on the social, political and institutional implications of productive decentralization (outsourcing) in manufacturing industries in both the United States and Europe. He is the author of The New Old Economy: Networks, Institutions and the Organizational Transformation of American Manufacturing (Oxford University Press 2005) and has written extensively on regional economic development in Italy, including "Surviving the fall of a king: The regional institutional implications of crisis at Fiat Auto" (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 2005, with Aldo Enrietti) and "Decline of a model: Challenge and response in the Italian industrial districts" (Economy and Society 2001). Whitford also has a deep interest in pragmatist social theory, and is the author of "Pragmatism and the untenable dualism of means and ends: Why rational choice theory does not deserve paradigmatic privilege" (Theory and Society, 2002).

    Pierre-Paul Zalio   send email visit website
    ierre-Paul Zalio Professor of sociology and President of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France), Pierre-Paul ZALIO is also member of the research centre "Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economy and societiy" (IDHES, CNRS). Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, he holds a PhD in Sociology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He received in 2003 the bronze medal of CNRS.

    His main fields of research are: sociology of entrepreneurship, career and social construction of the self in economic activities, economic sociology of territories in Europe, history of sociology and sociological theories. Its first publications were about the construction of a regional business community (Marseilles, France) and on the territorial and social settings of economic activities. He's currently coordinating a research project on the social supports of entrepreneurship, defined as a collective and distributed work, consisting in exploring and discovering innovation and heterogeneity of evaluations.

    He has notably published Entrepreneurship : a sociological lexicon (editor), Presses de Sciences-Po, 2014, (forthcoming, in French) "Grandes familles" of Marseilles in the XXth century. A research on the economic identity of a harbour city, Paris, Belin, 1999 (in French) ; Emile Durkheim, an anthology with comments, Paris, Hachette, 2001 (in French) ; "Sociologie économique de l'entrepreneur", in P. Steiner, F. Vatin (ed..), Traité de sociologie économique, Paris, PUF, 2009.

    He is member of the editorial boards of the Revue franŤaise de sociologie, the Revue française de socio-économie and Terrains & Travaux.