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Elizabeth M Armstrong

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology with joint affiliations in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Office of Population Research.   Her research interests include public health, the history and sociology of medicine, risk in obstetrics, and medical ethics. She is currently conducting research on diseases and agenda-setting, and on fetal personhood and the evolution of obstetrical practice and ethics. She is the author or coauthor of articles in Health Affairs, Social Science and MedicineJournal of Marriage and the FamilyInternational Family Planning Perspectives, and Studies in Family Planning and is the author of Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 1998-2000. Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.

Miguel A. Centeno

is the Musgrave Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the WWS. He was the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (2003-2007) and Master of Wilson College (1997-2004). In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program. He is interested in political sociology and social change.  He has published many books and articles most recently State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain (CUP 2013) and the “Arc of Neo-liberalism” (Annual Review of Sociology 2012).  Forthcoming  books include War and Society and Building States in the Developing World. New projects include an analysis of “emergent risk” in global flows and a history of the concept of discipline.

Paul DiMaggio

is A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School. He has written widely on organizational analysis, sociology of culture, and social inequality. Among the several books he has written or edited are The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis (with Walter Powell); Race, Ethnicity and Participation in the Arts (with Francie Ostrower); and The 21st-Century Firm: Changing Economic Organization in International Perspective.   He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1984-85) and a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1990). He has also served on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and on the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.   His interests include the sociology of art and culture, social stratification, economic sociology, complex organizations, and the social implications of technology. He is Director of the Center for the Study of Social Organization, active in the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Information Technology and Public Policy. He is involved in research on inequality of access to the new digital technologies, new approaches to identifying patterns in attitude data, and patterns of participation in the arts.

Mitchell Duneier

is Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology and author of Slim’s Table (Chicago), Sidewalk (FSG), The Forgotten Ghetto (forthcoming), and Introduction to Sociology (with Giddens et. al., Ninth Edition, 2012). His ethnographic film, Sidewalk (with Barry Alexander Brown. 2010) begins where the book ended and updates his stories of the vendors on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village. [It is available at no charge by contacting] A graduate of the University of Chicago, he works in the traditions of urban ethnography that began there in the 1920s. Recent graduate seminars include “Ethnography and Public Policy,” “The Chicago School,” and “Ethnographic Methods.” Undergraduate courses include “Introduction to Sociology,” “The Ghetto,” and “Sociology from E-Street: Bruce Springsteen’s America.”

Patricia Fernandez-Kelly

holds a joint position as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and as a Research Associate in the Office of Population Research. Her field of interest is international development with an emphasis on immigration, race, ethnicity, and gender. She is the author of For We Are Sold, I and My People: Women and Industry in Mexico's Frontier, listed as a favorite title by Contemporary Sociology, a book which has never gone out of print since 1983 when it was first published. With filmmaker Lorraine Gray, she produced the Emmy-Award winning documentary "The Global Assembly Line," which focuses on the effects of economic globalization on working women and their families in the Philippines, Mexico, and the U.S. Her latest book (edited with Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee) is Out of the Shadows: Political Action and Informal Economy in Latin America (Penn State University Press 2006). Her current law-related work includes two projects: (a) in collaboration with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) research among Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants towards the creation of a legal advocacy clinic; and (b) in collaboration with Hispanic Americans for Progress (HAP), a not-for-profit organization created and maintained by long-term inmates at the New Jersey State Prison, research and advocacy focusing on the American prison system.

Tod G. Hamilton

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research. His research interests are in the field of demography, with an emphasis on immigration and health. His current research evaluates the relative importance of culture and selective migration in explaining differential patterns of stratification between U.S.-born and foreign-born individuals in the United States. Hamilton also explores the degree of health selection among contemporary immigrants to the United States as well as the role that social, economic, and health conditions in immigrants’ countries of origin play in explaining variation in their post-migration health in the United States.

Doug Massey

is Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, he is the current president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and co-editor of the Annual Review of Sociology. He currently serves as Director of the Office of Population Research. Massey’s research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author, most recently, of Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, coauthored with Magaly Sanchez and Published by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Sara McLanahan

is the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She directs the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, is a principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Future of Children. Her research interests include family demography, poverty and inequality, and social policy.  She has written 5 books, including Fathers Under Fire (1998)Social Policies for Children (1996); Growing Up with a Single Parent (1994); Child Support and Child Wellbeing (1994); and Single Mothers and Their Children: A New American Dilemma (1986),and over 100 scholarly articlesShe is a Past-President of the Population Association of America and has served on the boards of the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America and the Institute of Medicine Board on Children Youth and Families. McLanahan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political Science and a member of National Academy of Sciences. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Poverty Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program, and the Pew Charitable Trust Economic Mobility Project.  

Matthew J. Salganik

is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. His interests include social networks, quantitative methods, and web-based social research. One main area of his research has focused on developing network-based statistical methods for studying populations most at risk for HIV/AIDS. A second main area of work has been using the World Wide Web to collect and analyze social data in innovative ways. His research has been published in journals such as Science, Sociological Methodology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. His papers have won the Outstanding Article Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Outstanding Statistical Application Award from the American Statistical Association. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and New Yorker. His research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Google.

Kim Lane Scheppele

is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values as well as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and multiple languages. In the last two years, she has been a public commentator on the transformation of Hungary from a constitutional-democratic state to one that risks breaching constitutional principles of the European Union.

Paul Starr

is professor of sociology and public affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School. His interests include institutional analysis, political sociology, sociology of the media, and the sociology of knowledge, technology, and information, especially as they bear on questions of democracy, equality, and freedom. These interests are reflected in his teaching as well as his research. Professor Starr has written three books about health care institutions and policies: The Social Transformation of American Medicine(1983), which won the Bancroft Prize (American History), C. Wright Mills Award (Sociology), and Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction); The Logic of Health Care Reform (1992); and Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health-Care Reform (2011, revised ed. 2013). He is also the author of The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications (2004), as well as numerous articles about contemporary changes in media and the public sphere. At Princeton, he holds the Stuart Chair in Communications at the Wilson School, serves on the American Studies committee and the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and chairs the University Resources Committee. Outside the university, he writes extensively on public issues for a non-academic audience. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine. During 1993 he served as a senior health policy advisor at the White House. His bookFreedom's Power (2007) provides an account of both the philosophical and institutional development of liberalism from its classical to modern phases. He is currently working on a project on the entrenchment of power, law, and social structure, as well as a book about unanticipated changes in the development of post-industrial societies.

Edward Telles

is Professor of Sociology, having come to Princeton in 2008 after spending most of his career at UCLA. He has published widely in the area of immigration, race and ethnic relations, social demography and urban sociology. His books have won several major award including the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association (for Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil) and the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for the best book in Social Demography, which he won twice (for Race in Another America and Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race with Vilma Ortiz). His articles have appeared in the top sociological journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review and Demography. He has fielded major surveys in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Colombia and has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Haynes Foundation. He served as the Human Rights Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in Brazil from 1997 to 2000. He has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation and is currently the Vice President of the American Sociological Association and the Principal Investigator for the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA).

Marta Tienda

is Maurice P. During '22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with joint affiliations in the Office of Population Research and the Woodrow Wilson School.   From 1997 to2002, she served as director of the Office of Population Research. She is co-author and co-editor of several books, including of The Hispanic Population of the United States (1987), Divided Opportunities (1988), The Color of Opportunity (2001), Youth in Cities (2002), Ethnicity and Causal Mechanisms (2005),Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies (2006), Hispanics and the Future of America (2006), and Africa on the Move (2006). She has published over 150 scholarly papers in academic journals and edited collections, in addition to numerous research bulletins and articles for a lay audience. She holds a BA in Spanish from Michigan State University and a MA and Ph.D., both in Sociology, from the University of Texas at Austin. She received honorary doctorates from The Ohio State University (2002), Lehman College (2003) and Bank Street College (2006).

Janet Vertesi

specializes in the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. She has spent the past 7 years studying several NASA spacecraft teams as an ethnographer. Her book, Seeing like a Rover: Images and Interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission (Chicago, 2014) draws on over two years of ethnographic immersion with the Mars Exploration Rover mission to show how scientists and engineers use digital images to conduct scientific research on another planet. She is currently working on followup study of the NASA-ESA Cassini mission to Saturn focusing on the role of sociotechnical organization in research, data-sharing, and decision-making on robotic spacecraft teams. Vertesi is also interested in the digital sociology: whether studying computational systems in social life, shifting sociological methods online, or applying sociological insights to build new technologies.  She holds a Master's degree from Cambridge and a PhD from Cornell, has received several grants from the National Science Foundation, and was awarded the Hacker-Mullins prize for best graduate student paper from the American Sociological Association, Science, Knowledge and Technology section in 2007.

Andreas Wimmer

is Hughes-Rogers Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Associate in Politics. His research aims to understand the dynamics of nation-state formation, ethnic boundary making and violent conflict from a comparative perspective. He has pursued these themes across the disciplinary fields of sociology, political science, and social anthropology and amateured in various methodological and analytical strategies, from fieldwork to formal modeling and statistical analysis. Wimmer's articles have recently won awards from the Comparative Historical, Political, Cultural, Theory, and Mathematical sections of the American Sociological Association as well as the Thyssen Prize for Best Article in the Social Sciences. His most recent book publications are Waves of War. Nationalism, State-Formation, and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World(CUP 2012) and Ethnic Boundary Making. Institutions, Networks, Power (OUP 2012).

Robert Wuthnow

is Gerhard R. Andlinger `52 Professor of Sociology and Director of Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion. He has published widely in the sociology of religion, culture, and civil society. His publications include The Restructuring of American Religion:  Society and Faith Since World War II; After Heaven:  Spirituality in America since the 1950sLoose Connections:  Joining Together in America’s Fragmented Communities; and Communities of Discourse:  Ideology and Social Structure in the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and European Socialism. His most recent books are Red State Religion:  Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland; The God Problem:  Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable; and Small-Town America:  Finding Community, Shaping the Future.  He is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a recipient of the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Martin E. Marty Award for Public Understanding of Religion. His current research and teaching focuses on religion and politics, religion and race, social change, rural America, and sociological theory.

Viviana A. Zelizer

is Lloyd Cotsen ‘50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She has published books on the development of life insurance, the changing economic and sentimental value of children, and on the place of money in social life. Her book, The Purchase of Intimacy (Princeton University Press, 2005) deals with the interplay of economic activity and personal ties, especially intimate ties, both in everyday practice and in the law. She has also studied topics ranging from economic ethics to consumption practices. She is currently working on a project about “circuits of commerce” which deals with distinctive set of social relations within which people carry on a variety of weighty economic activities. Different from markets, hierarchies, and networks, these economic connections include microcredits, migrant remittances, mutual credit associations, local currencies, coalitions within corporations, and care relations.   Her most recent book is Economic Lives:   How Culture Shapes the Economy (Princeton University Press, 2010).