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is the Cole Professor of the Social Sciences at Columbia University where he directs the Robert Woods Johnson Health and Society Scholars program, the Mellon Interdisciplinary Social Science training program, the Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the editor of Genetics and Social Structure (Chicago, 2008), Analytical Sociology (Oxford, 2009), After Tobacco (Columbia, 2011), After the Fall (New Press, 2011), and the author of Doormen (Chicago, 2005), a study of the lives and hopes of NYC doormen and their tenants. In addition to his work on health, Bearman has written extensively on problems in historical sociology, social movements, and network analysis.
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Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund
is professor of Sociology at the University of Oslo. Her research interests cover labor market studies, social stratification and inequalities related to gender and ethnicity. She is presently working on labor market discrimination, using register data and data from a field experiment. She is also working on ethnic school segregation. She is the Chair of the Executive Committee, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik; a member of the European Consortium for Sociological Research, and a member of the International Editorial Board, Social Forces. She is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Complex Systems at the University of Michigan, and an Affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research. Her work spans a broad array of population phenomena in which the actions of individuals and other units (such as families, couples or neighborhoods) are dynamically interdependent. Most of her research blends statistical and agent-based methods to examine the relationship between individuals’ decisions about where to live and patterns of residential segregation. Her article on racial tolerance and race-ethnic segregation, Neighborhood Choice and Neighborhood Change, won the 2005-6 Gould Prize, the James S. Coleman Best Article award from the Mathematical Sociology section of the ASA, and the Robert Park Best Article award from the Community and Urban Sociology section of the ASA. She is currently working on problems related to income inequality and income segregation, statistical modeling of individuals’ decision-making strategies, and the relationship between mate preferences, opportunity structure, and patterns of assortative mating.
Karen S. Cook
is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford. She conducts research on social interaction, social networks, and trust. Yin 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 to the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 she received the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley Mead Award for Career Contributions to Social Psychology.
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is the Director General of the National Institute of Social Development at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the Bielefeld University in Germany in 1984 and became Professor of Sociology in 1988 at the Institute of Sociology, CASS, where he served as Deputy Director General during the years 2003-2006.
He is the author and co-author of several books and numerous articles dealing with social and economic changes in Chinese society, attitudes to modernization and reform policy, and Chinese urban development. His more recent publications include: Participation and Co-determination from the Point of View of Organizational Solidarity (The Chinese Social Science Press, 2010); Social Process of Organizational Change (Dongfang Press, 2006); Structural Strains during the Process of Social Change (Social Sciences in China, 2010); Anomie Effect in Chinese Danwei-Organizations (Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, 2009); and The Chinese Reform and Social Change in Danwei-Institutions (Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House).
is the Lowenstein Professor of Political Science and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is the President of the World Values Survey Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a winner of the Johan Skytte prize in 2011. He helped found the Euro-Barometer surveys and directs the World Values Survey, which has surveyed representative national samples of the populations of 97 countries containing almost 90 percent of the world’s population. His research deals with changing belief systems and their impact on social and political change.
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is Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology, Professor of Information Science, and Director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell. With support from the National Science Foundation, Yahoo! Research, and Google, his research team has used computational models, online laboratory experiments, and digital traces of device-mediated interaction to explore familiar but enigmatic social patterns, such as diurnal mood changes, the emergence and collapse of fads, the spread of self-destructive behaviors, the critical mass in collective action, the polarization of opinion, segregation of neighborhoods, and assimilation of minority cultures. Recent research uses 509 million Twitter messages to track diurnal and seasonal mood changes in 54 countries, and complete UK call logs to measure the economic consequences of network structure. His research has been published in leading journals, including Science, PNAS, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Annual Review of Sociology.
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is a permanent research fellow at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France as a member of the Groupe d’Etude des Méthodes de l’Analyse Sociologique de la Sorbonne (GEMASS) as well as a non-permanent lecture at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. On a theoretical level, he is interested in reason- and network-based explanations and in analytical sociology. On a methodological level, his research focuses on the integration of multivariate statistics and computational methods, namely agent-based simulation modeling. He has made several seminal contributions to analytical sociology, and substantively most of his research focuses on social inequalities in contemporary societies.
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Robert D. Mare
is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of California – Los Angeles. His areas of research expertise include social stratification, demography, and quantitative research methods. His research focuses on the connection between demographic processes and social inequality. He has conducted studies on inequality in educational opportunities, social mobility, youth unemployment, socioeconomic differences in mortality, residential segregation by income and race, residential mobility, marriage markets, family structure and poverty, migration, and statistics a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of California – Los Angeles. His areas of research expertise include social stratification, demography, and quantitative research methods. His research focuses on the connection between demographic processes and social inequality. He has conducted studies on inequality in educational opportunities, social mobility, youth unemployment, socioeconomic differences in mortality, residential segregation by income and race, residential mobility, marriage markets, family structure and poverty, migration, and statistical methods. In 2010 he was President of the Population Association of America. In 2010 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Per-Olof H. Wikström
(PhD, Docent, Stockholm University), FBA, is Professor of Ecological and Developmental Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow of Girton College. He is the director of the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+), a major ESRC funded longitudinal research project which aims to advance knowledge about crime causation and prevention (see www.pads.ac.uk).
Professor Wikström’s main research interests are developing unified theory of the causes of crime (Situational Action Theory), its empirical testing and its application to devising knowledge-based prevention policies.
His recent publications include the book Breaking Rules. The Social and Situational Dynamics of Young People’s Urban Crime (2012, Oxford University Press, with Oberwittler D, Treiber K. & Hardie B), the book chapters Does Everything Matter? Addressing the Problem of Causation and Explanation in the Study of Crime (2011) and Explaining Crime as Moral Action (2010) and the journal paper Activity Fields and the Dynamics of Crime (2010, JQC, with Ceccato V., Hardie B. & Treiber K.)
In 1994, he received the Sellin-Glueck Award for outstanding contributions to international criminology from the American Society of Criminology, in 2002 he was made a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (USA), in 2010 he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
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is professor of Science and Technology Studies and the deputy director of the Finnish Centre for Excellence in Philosophy of the Social Sciences at University of Helsinki. His research interests range from theoretical issues in philosophy of science to empirical case studies in science and technology studies. With a background in theory of explanation and philosophy of social sciences, he focuses on foundational questions in analytical sociology: the nature of mechanism-based explanation, the role of theory of action, and the conceptualization of the micro-macro problem. He is also interested in the challenges created by attempts to integrate cognitive and biological sciences with the social sciences.
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