Department Faculty

Thomas A. DiPrete

Thomas A. DiPrete

UNI: 
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Thomas
DiPrete
Giddings Professor of Sociology
Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Phone: 
+1 212 851 9281
Campus Phone: 
MS 1-9281
Room: 
601B Knox
601B Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9649, United States
Biographical Note: 

 Thomas A. DiPrete is Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center.  DiPrete holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.  He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Columbia. DiPrete’s research interests include social stratification, demography, education, economic sociology, and quantitative methodology.  A specialist in comparative research, DiPrete has held research appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Social Science Research Center – Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University of Amsterdam.  His recent and ongoing projects include the study of gender differences in educational performance, educational attainment, and fields of study, the determinants of college persistence and dropout in the U.S., a comparative study of how educational expansion and the structure of linkages between education and the labor market contribute to earnings inequality in several industrialized countries, and the study of how social comparison processes affect the compensation of corporate executives.

Publications: 

2016 (forthcoming). T. DiPrete, Thijs Bol, Christina Ciocca, and Herman van de Werfhorst. “School-Work Linkages in France, Germany, and the United States.” American Journal of Sociology.

2016.  Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “The Consequences of National Math and Science Performance: Gender Differences in STEM Aspirations. Sociological Science. DOI 10.15195/v3.a25.

2016.   Martha Bailey and T. DiPrete, editors. A Half Century of Change in the Lives of American Women. Special Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Journal of the Social Sciences.

2015. Sigal Alon and T. DiPrete. “Orientation vs. Behavior: Gender Differences in Field of Study Choice Set.” Sociological Science. 2:50-81

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “The High School Environment and the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering Degrees.” Sociology of Education, 87:259-280.

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “Pathways to Science and Engineering Bachelor Degrees for Men and Women.” Sociological Science. 1:41-48.

2013. T. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann. The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press. 

      ----Winner, Outstanding Book Award, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Asociation.

      ----Winner, Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography.   Awarded by the Section on Population of the American Sociological Association.

      ---- https://www.russellsage.org/publications/rise-women.

2013. Matthew Pittinsky and T. DiPrete. "Peer Group Ties and Executive Compensation Networks." Social Science Research. 42: 1675-1692.

2013. Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “Trends in Gender Segregation in the Choice of Science and Engineering Majors.” Social Science Research. 42: 1519-1541.

2012. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “School Context and the Gender Gap in Educational Achievement.”  American Sociological Review. 77: 463–485.

    -- Honorable Mention, Coleman Award of the ASA Section on Education.

2012. T. DiPrete and Jennifer Jennings. “Social/Behavioral Skills and the Gender Gap in Early Educational Achievement.” Social Science Research. 41:1-15.

2011.  Anne McDaniel, T. DiPrete, Claudia Buchmann, and Uri Shwed. “The Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons.” Demography.  48: 889-914. (Winner, 2012 IPUMS Research Award).

2011. T. DiPrete, Andrew Gelman, Julien Teitler, Tian Zheng, and Tyler McCormick. “Segregation in Social Networks Based on Acquaintanceship and Trust.” American Journal of Sociology. 116:1234-1283.

2010. T. DiPrete, Greg Eirich, and Matthew Pittinsky. “Compensation Benchmarking, Leapfrogs, and the Surge in Executive Pay.” American Journal of Sociology. 115: 1671-1712. Condensed version forthcoming in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (4th edition), edited by David Grusky. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

2010. Jennifer Jennings and T. DiPrete.  “Teacher Effects on Academic and Social Outcomes in Elementary School.” Sociology of Education. 83:135-159.

2008. Ellen Verbakel and T. DiPrete. “Non-Working Time, Income Inequality, and Quality of Life Comparisons: The Case of the U.S. vs. the Netherlands.” Social Forces. 87: 679-712.

2008. “Gender Inequalities in Education.”  (Claudia Buchmann, T. DiPrete, and Anne McDaniel).  Annual Review of Sociology. 34: 319-337.

2007.  "Is this a Great Country?  Upward Mobility and the Chances for Riches in Contemporary America."  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 25: 89-95.

2007. “What has Sociology to Contribute to the Study of Inequality Trends?  An Historical and Comparative Perspective.” Journal of the American Behavioral Scientist. 50:603-618.

2006. The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Parental Education, Family Structure, and Academic Achievement. (Claudia Buchmann and T. DiPrete).  American Sociological Review 71:515-541. (Winner of the Willard Waller Prize by the ASA Section on Education).

2006. Work and Pay in Flexible and Regulated Labor Markets: A Generalized Perspective on Institutional Evolution and Inequality Trends in Europe and the U.S. (T. DiPrete, Eric Maurin, Dominique Goux, and Amelie Quesnel-Vallee). Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24:311-332.

2006. Cumulative Advantage as a Mechanism for Inequality: A Review of Theory and Evidence (T. DiPrete and Greg Eirich). Annual Review of Sociology 32:271-297.

2006.  “What Have We Learned? RC28’s Contributions to Knowledge about Social Stratification.” (Michael Hout and T. DiPrete).  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24: 1-20.

2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosen 2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosenbaum Bounds on Matching Estimators and Instrumental Variables Estimation with Imperfect Instruments.”  (T. DiPrete and Markus Gangl).  Sociological Methodology 34:271-310

2004.  “Estimating Causal Effects with Matching Methods in the Presence and Absence of Bias Cancellation.”  (T. DiPrete and Henriette Engelhardt).  Sociological Methods and Research  32(4): 501-528.  Awarded the 2005 SOEP Prize for the best published scientific paper during 2003 and 2004 using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel by the Association of Friends of the German Institute for Economic Science, Berlin (DIW Berlin).

Jonathan Rieder

Jonathan Rieder

UNI: 
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jr324@columbia.edu
Jonathan
Rieder
Professor
(Barnard)
Phone: 
212-854-4359
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
322C Milbank
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Racial and Ethnic Conflict, American Culture and Politics, Sociology of Culture, Politics and Language, Ethnic Pluralism
Education: 

Ph.D., Yale, 1978

Biographical Note: 


Jonathan Rieder joined the faculty of Barnard College in 1990 and chaired the department from 1990 through 2003. He previously taught at Yale University and Swarthmore College. In addition to his teaching in the Sociology Department, Professor Rieder is affiliated with Barnard's programs in American Studies, Jewish Studies, and Human Rights Studies. A member of the graduate faculty of Columbia University’s Sociology Department, he is also affiliated with the Columbia American Studies Department.  Rieder teaches courses on contemporary American culture and politics;  unity and division in the United States;  the sociology of culture; and race, ethnicity,  and American pluralism. He has regularly taught "The Shapes and Shadows of Identity" in the Barnard First-Year Writing Program. His latest course is From Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock: The Sociology of Crossover Culture.

Rieder is the author of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also the author of The Word of the Lord Is upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn against Liberalism. He edited The Fractious Nation: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life. Between 1995 and 2001, He was a cofounding editor of CommonQuest:The Magazine of Black- Jewish Relations. He has been a regular commentator on TV and radio, a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor for The New Republic. He has been a Member and a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton, The Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He is currently working on a book about the rise of contemporary crossover culture and the transition of rhythm and blues into soul music.

 

Publications: 

Recent Publications:

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation(Bloomsbury, 2013).

 

King May Have Dreamed,” The Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2013.

 

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rieder-mlk-dream-speech-anniversary-20130823,0,1572660.story

 

“Songs of the Slaves,” The New Yorker, August, 23, 2013.


http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/jonathan-rieder

“The Prophet Unbound,” The Washington Post, April 23, 2013.


 

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-04-23/national/38760079_1_birmingham-jail-martin-luther-king-prophet

 

"Too Black or Not Black Enough?: Final Thoughts on Beer Summits and Postracial Paradoxes," The Huffington Post.

"'I'm Going to Be a Negro Tonight': Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Postracial Paradoxes,"  The Michigan Review, Summer, 2009.

The Word of the Lord is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. (The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2008).

Elizabeth Bernstein

Elizabeth Bernstein

UNI: 
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eb2032@columbia.edu
Elizabeth
Bernstein
Professor
(Barnard)
Phone: 
212-854-3039
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
208 Barnard Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Gender, Sexuality and the Body; Late-Capitalist Transformations of Intimacy; Feminist Theories of the State
Education: 

Ph.D., California (Berkeley), 2001

Biographical Note: 

Elizabeth Bernstein, Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology, joined the faculty of Barnard in September, 2002. Her teaching includes such courses as Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective; The Sociology of the Body; and The Sociology of Sexuality.

Her most recent book manuscript, Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom (University of Chicago Press), explores the convergence of feminist, neoliberal, and evangelical Christian interests in the shaping of contemporary U.S. policies around the traffic in women.

Her research and scholarship have been recognized by awards from the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, AAUW, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Sociological Association.

Deborah Becher

Deborah Becher

UNI: 
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Deborah
Becher
Assistant Professor
(Barnard)
Phone: 
212-851-9480
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
329 Milbank
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Education: 

Ph.D., Princeton, 2009

Biographical Note: 

Debbie is currently revising her dissertation, Valuing Property: Eminent Domain for Urban Redevelopment, Philadelphia 1992-2007, for publication as a book about legitimacy of government investment in private markets. The exceptional act of taking property exposes a moral code operating in many other situations. This moral code of real property, which attempts to match returns to investments, guides individual and organizational action in the contemporary urban United States, but it is not yet described by legal, political, and economic scholarship. This project reveals how institutions and individuals employ this code to resolve tensions between public and private interests.

In the first comprehensive study of a city’s eminent-domain acquisitions, Debbie explores which properties the city pursues for private redevelopment and how stakeholders decide that government actions are either a use or abuse of power. A quantitative overview of citywide practice combines originally collected data on eminent domain with City of Philadelphia and U.S. Census data on properties and neighborhoods, showing that eminent domain has been largely uncontroversial though fairly common (approximately 7,000 properties and 400 development projects pursued from 1992 to 2007). Case studies of two controversial development projects probe more deeply into the porous and shifting boundary between desirable and undesirable government action. Readers follow these projects through planning and implementation, with evidence from public records, documents on file in offices of the Mayor and the Redevelopment Authority, and interviews with residents, business owners, community leaders, government representatives, attorneys, and appraisers. Though in moments of conflict those opposing eminent domain employ an idea of property security as possession (“what’s mine is mine and what’s your is yours”), more flexible approaches to property governance are more common.

Property-governing institutions enforce a moral code trying to value and reward property investment – including emotional, financial, temporal, and cognitive investment. Written rules, public claims, and individual practices aim to ensure that the social environment provides returns to investments of all kinds in a fairly equitable manner. Dissatisfaction and claims of public wrongs arise not when or because government threatens property titles. They arise instead when property-governing institutions fail to meet the task of enforcing this more complex and evasive moral code. The accounts in this book explore specifically how problems related to uncertainty and communications cause these institutional failures that emerge in public discourse as violations of property security as possession.

Diane Vaughan

Diane Vaughan

UNI: 
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dv2146@columbia.edu
Diane
Vaughan
Professor
Phone: 
+1 212 854 0074
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-0074
Department: 
Sociology
3180000
Room: 
715 Knox
Office Hours: 
By appointment
715 Knox Hall, United States
Areas of Interest: 
Organizations, Work, and Technology, Analogical Theorizing, Science, Knowledge and Technology, Deviance and Social Control, Sociology of Culture, Field Methods.
Education: 

Ph.D., Ohio State, 1979

Biographical Note: 

Diane Vaughan received her Ph.D. in Sociology, Ohio State University, 1979, and taught at Boston College from 1984 to 2005.  During this time, she was awarded fellowships at Yale (1979-82), Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford (1986-87), The American Bar Foundation (1988-1989), The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1996-1997), and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2003-04). She came to Columbia in 2005.

Her interests are organizations, work and technology, science, knowledge, and technology, deviance and social control, sociology of culture, and field methods.  The prime theoretical focus of her research is how the social - history, institutions, organizations - affect individual meanings, decisions, and action. Culture is the important mediator in this process, making ethnographic methods, supplemented by interviews, the best means of understanding these relationships. In addition to joining institutional  and organizational factors to understand what Geertz calls "the native view," she uses historical ethnography as a method, which allows her to study systems and processes by locating social actors and outcomes in their changing context and temporality. 

Since 1980, she has been working on analogical theorizing: developing theory from qualitative data based on cross-case analysis.  The goal is to compare cases of similar events, activities or phenomena across different organizational forms in order to elaborate general theory or concepts.  This project has focused on the "dark side" of organizations:  mistake, misconduct, and disaster.  Her interest in how things go wrong in organizations has thus far resulted in Controlling Unlawful Organizational Behavior, Uncoupling, and The Challenger Launch Decision.  Although very different in size, complexity, and function, all three cases were of organizations - a relationship being the smallest organization we create. Morover, in common across cases they had a common pattern: each had a long incubation period with early warning signs that were either missed, misinterpreted or ignored until after some unanticipated negative outcome.

The analogical theorizing project has led her now to an ethnography and interview-based study of air traffic control. She is examining it as a negative case: how controllers are trained to recognize early warning signs and anomalies as signals of potential danger and correct them, so that little mistakes do not turn into catastrophes.  Comparing four air traffic facilities, the focus is the work that air traffic controllers do and the interface between institutional,organizational and technological factors and human cognitive and material practices in a highly standardized system that is full of variation.  Much of the viability of air traffic control depends upon the human component, as individuals do boundary work, negotiating institutional, organizational, and air space boundaries in order to keep the system going. The fourth book in the project, Dead Reckoning: System Effects, Boundary Work, and Risk in Air Traffic Control, in now nearing completion.

The product of this comparative work will be Theorizing:  Analogy, Cases, and Comparative Social Organization.  Both Dead Reckoning and The Challenger Launch Decision are historical ethnographies. Her NASA analysis 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. As a result of her analysis of the Challenger accident, she was asked to testify before the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003, then became part of the Board's research staff, working with the Board to analyze and write the chapters of the Report identifying the social causes of NASA's Columbia accident. 

Publications: 

Selected.

"Theorizing: Analogy, Cases, and Comparative Social Organization," in Richard A. Swedberg (ed.) Theorizing in Social Science. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 2014: 61-84.

"Analytic Ethnography," in Peter Hedstrom and Peter Bearman (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2009: 688-711.

"Bourdieu and Organizations: The Empirical Challenge," Theory and Society 37, 1, 2008: 65-81.

"NASA Revisited: Theory, Analogy, and Public Sociology," American Journal of Sociology 112, 2. 2006.

"Theorizing Disaster: Analogy, Historical Ethnography, and the Challenger Accident," Ethnography 5, 3: 2005: 313-45.

"History as Cause: Columbia and Challenger." Ch. 8. Report. Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Vol. 1. August 2003.

"Intimate Work: Teaching Sociologists to Write," Teaching Sociology: July 1988: 275-78.

Seymour Spilerman

Seymour Spilerman

UNI: 
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kw2510@columbia.edu
Seymour
Spilerman
Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Social Sciences
Phone: 
+1 212 854 4273
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-4273
Department: 
Sociology
3180000
Room: 
613 Knox Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment
606 West 122nd Street, New York NY 10027
Areas of Interest: 
Stratification, Social Violence and Terrorism, Mathematical Sociology
Education: 

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1968

Biographical Note: 

Seymour Spilerman is the Julian C. Levi Professor of Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality. His research has examined the structure of work careers in corporate settings, focusing on the ways that educational attainment, labor market experience, race and gender influence career features.  Spilerman is also involved in cross-national research on issues of income and wealth inequality, financial gerontology, and intergenerational transfers of resources. 

Another area of interest covers social violence, such as racial rioting and terrorism.  In recent years this has included studies of the effects of terrorism on the lives of the residents of the impacted country.  In particular, the adaptations made by Israelis to the threat of frequent terror attacks have been examined in several research articles.

Debra C. Minkoff

Debra C. Minkoff

UNI: 
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kw2510@columbia.edu
Debra
Minkoff
Miriam Scharfman Zadek Family Professor of Sociology
Barnard - Chair & Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development
Phone: 
212-854-2279
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
332D Milbank
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Social Movements, Political Sociology, and Organizational Theory and Research
Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard, 1991

Biographical Note: 

Debra Minkoff joined the faculty of Barnard in 2005, after teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also has taught at Yale University and held visiting positions at the University of Munich and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Professor Minkoff’s work focuses on the organizational dimensions of social movements and political activism in the U.S. Her earlier research traces the civil rights and feminist movements, developing a new approach that emphasizes the ecology of national political and civic organizations. She has written on such topics as the structure of protest cycles in the U.S., organizational change and failure among national political organizations, and the role of national social movements in American civil society. More recently her research has investigated such questions as how funding by elite foundations shapes the field of organizations seeking to consolidate the gains of the feminist and civil rights movements, and how much variety exists in the organizational models available for citizen advocacy at the national level in the U.S.

Her article "Conceptualizing Political Opportunity" (with D. S. Meyer) received the 2005 Best Published Article Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

At Barnard, Professor Minkoff’s teaching includes such courses as "Social Movements, Funding Social Change: A Research Practicum, and the Junior Colloquium."

Publications: 

"Structure and Strategy: Organizational Diversity in the U.S. Advocacy Sector" (with S. Aisenbrey and J. Agnone), Social Problems (Forthcoming)

"Conceptualizing Political Opportunity" (with D. S. Meyer), Social Forces 82 (June 2004)

"Bending with the Wind: Organizational Change in American Women's and Minority Organizations." American Journal of Sociology 104 (May 1999) pdf

"The Sequencing of Social Movements," American Sociological Review 62 (October 1997) pdf

Organizing for Equality: The Evolution of Women's and Racial-Ethnic Organizations in America, 1955-1985 (Rutgers University Press, ASA Rose Book Series, 1995)

Bruce M Kogut

Bruce M Kogut

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Bruce
Kogut
Sanford C Bernstein & Co Professor of Leadership and Ethics
(Business)
Phone: 
+1 212 854 9050
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-9050
Department: 
Columbia Business School
1400000
Room: 
706 Uris Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment
706 Uris Hall, United States
Education: 

Ph.D., MIT, 1983

Biographical Note: 

Bruce Kogut is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. He received his PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and holds an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics. Previously, he was on the faculties of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and INSEAD, and he has been a research fellow and visiting professor at the Rand Corporation, École Polytechnique, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Stockholm School of Economics, Humboldt University, Santa Fe Institute, the Singapore Management University and Tsinghua University, among others.

Professor Kogut serves on the board of 3i Infotech (Mumbai) and has served on the boards of several nonprofit and research institutes in Europe and Russia. He directed the strategy and emerging-economy research centers and was the associate vice dean for the PhD program at Wharton, was subsequently the founder of the social entrepreneurship program at INSEAD and will codirect the Ariane de Rothschild Fellows Program, which aims to develop a network of social entrepreneurs with an interest in fostering a culture of mutual respect and dialogue among Jewish and Muslim communities.

Professor Kogut was the editor of the European Management Review and a member of the editorial boards of several leading academic journals. As an early research innovator on real options, knowledge and innovation, culture and direct investment, options and diversification, and knowledge and joint ventures, he has won several awards and has been published in leading sociology, management and economic journals. Sponsored by Wharton, INSEAD and the World Economic Forum, his edited book (coedited by Peter Cornelius) on governance and international capital flows was presented at Davos meetings. He has also written books on comparative management, the Internet and redesigning the business school, and a selection of his articles was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 under the title Knowledge, Options, and Institutions. He is finishing a project sponsored by a European consortium on the complexity of the evolution of venture capital, and a collective book involving more than 20 researchers on the small worlds of national and global corporate governance.

Along with Columbia colleagues Patrick Bolton and Tano Santos, Professor Kogut is organizing a Bernstein Center conference on “Preventing the Next Financial Crisis” that will result in an edited book; Columbia colleague Sid Balachandran and he will contribute the chapter on “Early Warning Signals: Could Regulators and Investors Have Forecast the Crisis?”

Having taught in executive programs in the United States, Europe and China, Professor Kogut has also taught business school classes on governance, ethics, development and international strategy and now teaches the core course on strategy in the MBA and EMBA programs at Columbia Business School.

Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson

UNI: 
an2368
an2368@columbia.edu
Alondra
Nelson
Professor
Phone: 
+1 212 851 7081
Department: 
Sociology
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Race and Ethnicity; Science, Knowledge, and Technology; Biomedicine and Health; Social Movements and Political Sociology; Inequality
Education: 

Ph.D., New York University, 2003

Biographical Note: 

Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she has served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is president of the Social Science Reseach Council and chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. Prior to joining Columbia in 2009, Nelson was on the faculty of Yale University, where she received the Poorvu Award for interdisciplinary teaching excellence.

Professor Nelson is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research focuses on how science and its applications may shape the social world, including aspects of personal identification, racial formation, and collective action. In turn, she also explores the ways in which social groups reject, challenge, engage and, in some instances, adopt and mobilize conceptualizations of race, ethnicity, and gender derived from scientific and technical domains. She recently began new ethnographic research that examines grassroots responses to the STEM-field crisis and a study of science and technology policy in the Obama administration.

Her most recent book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (Beacon Press, 2016), traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures. She also took up these themes in a series of publications that are among the earliest empirical investigations of direct-to-consumer genetic testing: “Bio Science: Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Pursuit of African Ancestry” (Social Studies of Science 38, 2008), "The Factness of Diaspora: The Social Sources of Genetic Genealogy" (in Revisiting Race in a Genomics Age, Rutgers University Press, 2008), and "DNA Ethnicity as Black Social Action?"(Cultural Anthropology 28, 2013). The Social Life of DNA will soon be available in an Arabic translation and is a finalist for the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction.

Nelson is also the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which was recognized with four scholarly awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender and Class. A finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, Body and Soul is the first book-length exploration of the radical organization’s health-focused activities and has been translated into French.

Nelson has edited three works: Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee; Rutgers University Press, 2012); "Afrofuturism," a special issue of Social Text (Duke, 2002); and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (with Thuy Linh N. Tu; New York University Press, 2001).

Nelson's research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She was a member of the NSF-sponsored Council on Big Data, Ethics, and Society, sits on the editorial boards of Social Studies of Science, Social Text, and Public Culture, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Data & Society Research Institute. Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in the Washington Post, Science, Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio, among other venues.

Professor Nelson was an external fellow at the W.E.B Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She has also been a visiting fellow at the BIOS Centre at the London School of Economics, the Bavarian-American Academy, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Academy of Advanced African Studies at the University of Bayreuth.

Raised in Southern California, Nelson received her B.A. (magna cum laude), from the University of California at San Diego, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University in 2003.

Visit Professor Nelson's website, follow news about The Social Life of DNA, follow news about Body and Soul, and join her on Twitter here and here.

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Jonathan R. Cole

Jonathan R. Cole

UNI: 
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kw2510@columbia.edu
Jonathan
Cole
John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus of the University and Dean Emeritus of Faculties
Phone: 
+1 212 854 1132
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-1132
Department: 
Sociology
3180000
Room: 
820 Jerome Greene Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment
820 Jerome Greene Hall, Mail Code: 3417, United States
Areas of Interest: 
Sociology of Knowledge and Science, Social Theory, Science and Science Policy, Problems in Higher Education, The Uses and Abuses of Social Theories, Social Facts, and Empirical Evidence in Legal Decision-Making.
Education: 

Ph.D., Columbia, 1969

Biographical Note: 

Jonathan R. Cole is currently John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost and Dean of Faculties, Emeritus at Columbia University. For fourteen years, from 1989 to 2003, he was Provost and Dean of Faculties of Columbia University - the second longest tenure as Provost in the University's 250-year history. He served as the Director of the Center for the Social Sciences from 1979 to 1987, when he became Vice President for Arts and Sciences.

His scholarly work has focused principally on the development of the sociology of science as a research specialty.  He has authored multiple books and articles on this subject.  His most recent book is: The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensible National Role, and Why it Must Be Protected (Public Affairs, 2010).

Jonathan R. Cole was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1975-76. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1975-76). He spent the 1986-87 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an elected Member of the American Philosophical Society; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; and Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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