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 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.
Pablo J. Boczkowski
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Daniel Beunza joined the Management Division of Columbia Business School as
Assistant Professor in July 2006. Previously he taught for three years at
the Economics and Business department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in
Barcelona. His research interest centers on the social studies of finance.
His dissertation, a three-year ethnography of the trading room of a Wall
Street investment bank, has led to publications in Industrial and Corporate
Change, Socio-Economic Review and Organization Studies. Of these, his
article with David Stark, "Tools of the Trade: the Socio-Technology of
Arbitrage in a Wall Street Trading Room", won the 2005 Outstanding Paper of
the Communications and Information Technology division of the American
Pablo 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 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.
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.
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)
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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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.
Associate Director of COI
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.
He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Grabher is Professor of Economic Geography and Head of the Research
Area Socio-Economics of Space at the University of Bonn. His previous
research was mainly concerned with the role of social and economic
networks in the decline and revitalization of regions. In his more
recent work, he explores the dynamics of project-based networks in
metropolitan clusters of the cultural and media industries.
His recent publications include Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism:Legacies,
Linkages, and Localities (with David Stark), 1997, Oxford University
Press; "Ecologies of Creativity: the Village, the Group, and the Heterarchic
Organisation of the British Advertising Industry." Environment
& Planning A, 33 (2001): 351-374; "Cool Projects, Boring Institutions:
Temporary Collaboration in Social Context." In: Grabher, G. (ed):
Production in Projects. Economic Geographies of Temporary Collaboration.
Regional Studies Special Issue, 36 (2002): 213-222; "The Project Ecology
of Advertising: Talents, Tasks, and Teams." In: Grabher, G. (ed):
Production in Projects. Economic Geographies of Temporary Collaboration.
Regional Studies Special Issue, 36 (2002): 253-270.
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
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:
"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
La passion musicale. Une sociologie de la médiation (Paris,
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.
Johnson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business
School and a post-doctoral fellow in the Business School's Society
of Scholars program. Her research interests include organizational
stability and change, comparative historical sociology, and the sociology
of art. She is completing a book manuscript investigating the relationship
between the founding conditions of formal organizations and their
long-term trajectories, focusing on the experience of the Paris Opera
from its 1669 founding to its survival of the French Revolution. With
sociologist Tom Ertman (NYU) and musicologist Jane Fulcher (Indiana
University), she is co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on the
institutional history of opera in France and Italy. Her current research
is on the history of philanthrophy in the United States. Johnson received
her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia and her B.A. in philosophy from
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.
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.
A 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.
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 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
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
Yuval Millo is a lecturer in the department of Accounting at the London School of Economics.
He graduated from the science studies unit at the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a
PhD about the evolution of financial derivatives markets. Using a combination of qualitative
and quantitative methods, Yuval currently studies several aspects of market structure dynamics
and corporate governance. Yuval is a leading contributor to the emerging field of social studies
of finance. SSF incorporates into a unified analytical framework the effects that expert bodies
of knowledge, such as accounting, financial economics and management, have on the dynamics in
financial markets and pays particular attention to the material and organizational infrastructure
that affect price behavior. Among his latest publications are "The Usefulness of Inaccurate Models"
(With Donald MacKenzie) Accounting, Organizations and Society and the book "Market Devices",
co-edited with Michel Callon and Fabian Muniesa.
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
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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.
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
Alondra Nelson is associate professor of sociology at Columbia University, where she also holds an appointment in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. 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 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 (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee) and a book-in-progress, Reconciliation Projects: Race, Politics and the Social Life of DNA , 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.
An internationally recognized scholar, she has been a visiting fellow at BIOS at the London School of Economics and at the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie in Munich. In 2011, Nelson was a visiting senior fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a postdoctoral fellowship from the Ford Foundation; a non-resident fellowship from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University; and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Career Enhancement Fellowship. Nelson received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2003.
Damon J. Phillips
Charles F. Sabel
Damon 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.
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.
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
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.
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
David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he is Chair of the Department of Sociology and also directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. His most recent book, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009. 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 dot.com crash, and in a World Financial Center trading room before and after the attack on September 11th.
Stark is also conducting historical network analysis. What is a social group across time in network terms? Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Stark and his former student, Balazs Vedres, are analyzing a large, longitudinal dataset on the ownership ties, personnel ties, and political ties of the largest 2,200 Hungarian enterprises from 1987-2006. Papers from this project include: Structural Folds: Generative Disruption in Overlapping Groups, American Journal of Sociology, 2010, vol 15, no 4; Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary, American Journal of Sociology, 2006; and The Network Costs of Political Ties: Blockage and Brokerage in a Polarized Economy.
With another former student, Daniel Beunza, Stark has been working on the social studies of finance. Their recent papers include: Reflexive Modeling and Systemic Risk: From Individual Bias to Social Interdependence; How to Recognize Opportunities: Heterarchical Search in a Trading Room, in The Sociology of Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2005); and Tools of the Trade: The Socio-Technology of Arbitrage in a Wall Street Trading Room, Industrial and Corporate Change 2004.
Other research addresses innovations in the public sphere including, for example, PowerPoint in Public: Digital Technologies and the New Morphology of Demonstration, (with Verena Paravel) Theory, Culture & Society 2008; Sociotechnologies of Assembly (with Monique Girard) in Governance and Information: The Rewiring of Governing and Deliberation in the 21st Century, 2007; and Rooted Transnational Publics: Integrating Foreign Ties and Civic Activism (with Balazs Vedres and Laszlo Bruszt) Theory and Society 2006.
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; and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Jomo K. Sundaram
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 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 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
Duncan Watts is Associate Professor in Sociology and directs ISERP's
Collective Dynamics Group. An applied mathematician by training with
a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics, he is the author of Six
Degrees: The Science of A Connected Age (Norton 2003) and Small Worlds:
The Dynamics of Networks Between Order and Randomness (Princeton 1999).
Watts' research focuses on the mathematical and computational modeling
of complex systems, applied to problems in social network theory,
contagion, robustness, and the theory of the firm.
Harrison C. White
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 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).