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Joseph Blasi is a distinguished professor and sociologist at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University where he teaches the undergraduate and graduate courses on corporate governance. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work includes economic sociology, the social and economic history of the corporation, and public policy, particularly, broad-based employee stock ownership, profit sharing, gain sharing, and stock options in corporations, in countries, in industries, for example, with a study of  Silicon Valley, and in different historical periods of American history. 

He has written thirteen books including Employee Ownership (Harper and Row, 1988), The New Owners with D. Kruse (HarperCollins, 1991), Kremlin Capitalism with M. Kroumova and D. Kruse (Cornell University Press, 1996), A Working Nation with various co-authors (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000), In The Company of Owners with D. Kruse and A. Bernstein (Basic Books, 2003), and Shared Capitalism at Work with D. Kruse and R. Freeman (University of Chicago Press, 2010).  His articles have appeared in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, among others.

Mohr, John

John Mohr (PhD, Yale 1992) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. John was a visitor at CSSO for the month of March 2015. His primary interest is in the empirical study of institutional meaning systems. He has studied Progressive Era and New Deal poverty institutions, affirmative action programs at the University of California, rhetorical logics in U.S. National Security Strategy Statements, the ritual practices of Buddhists in a Spanish Monastery, and the alternative cultures of love among students in an American University. He is currently the co-PI on a National Science Foundation IGERT (PhD Training Grant) on Network Science and Big Data.

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Besnik Pula recently joined the Center for the Study of Social Organization as a postdoctoral scholar under the ASA/NSF postdoctoral fellowship program. Prior to that, Besnik was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Binghamton University and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Trained at the University of Michigan as a comparative historical sociologist, Besnik is currently researching postsocialist economic transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, including the origins and impact of the east European debt crisis of the 1980s on the demise of state socialism and economic restructuring and the transformation of industrial systems since the 1990s. His dissertation on state policies of legal reform and the regional dynamics of agrarian conflict in Albania’s communist mobilization was supported by research grants from the Fulbright-Hays program, International Research and Exchanges Board and the American Council for Learned Societies, and was awarded Honorable Mention for the Theda Skocpol Best Dissertation Award from the Section of Comparative and Historical Sociology of the American Sociological Association. Besnik also holds an M.A. in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in political science (with distinction) from Hunter College – City University of New York.

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Clayton Childress received his PhD and MA for The University of California - Santa Barbara. Beginning in the academic year 2013-14, Clayton will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at The University of Toronto on the Scarborough campus. His academic areas of interest include organizational, cultural, and economic sociology, social network analysis, creative industries, and mixed methods research.

Adam Slez recently received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests lie at the intersection of historical and political sociology, spanning a range of topics including the relationship between politics and markets, state-building and the formation of the political field, and the spatial organization of political cleavage structures. Using both spatial data analysis along with more traditional forms of historical inquiry, Adam’s dissertation examined the way in which policies related to the expansion of the railroad network contributed to patterns of third-party mobilization in the American West over the course of the late-19th century. His previous work on state and party formation in the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787 has appeared in the American Sociological Review.

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Michaela DeSoucey received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University in 2010, where she was also a Graduate Legal Studies Fellow.  She studies the interplay of social movements, markets, and state systems shaping the cultural and moral politics of food. Her dissertation, Gullet Politics: Contentious Foie Gras Politics and the Organization of Public Morality in the United States and France, won the 2010 SION (Social Interaction & Organizing at Northwestern) Arthur Stinchcombe Dissertation Prize in Organization Studies. An article drawn from her dissertation, “Gastronationalism: Food Traditions and Authenticity Politics in the European Union,” was published in June 2010 in the American Sociological Review and has won graduate student paper awards from the ASA sections of Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, and Sociology of Culture. Michaela has also conducted research and published articles on the rhetoric of organizational restructuring; local food movements; the regulation and institutionalization of the organic food industry; and the development of a market for grass-fed beef and dairy products.

Sarah Thébaud is an American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology. Often focusing on cross-cultural comparisons, her research integrates theory and methods from the areas of Gender, Economic Sociology, Social Psychology, Organizations, Work and Labor Markets, and Social Policy. Sarah recently completed her Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University, where her dissertation utilized survey data and laboratory studies to investigate why men are approximately two times more likely than women to be entrepreneurs in most industrialized nations after accounting for gender differences in relevant resources. Her research has been published in Social Psychology Quarterly and Gender & Society and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In a current project, she is investigating the impact of the financial crisis on gender inequality in high-tech entrepreneurship.



Phaedra Daipha is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of cultural sociology, science and technology studies, and the sociology of professions, with a present focus on issues of expertise, complexity management, decision-making, and information technology use. She has written on the structure of American sociology, expert decision-making under uncertainty, and the sociocognitive organization of meteorological vision. Building on an ethnographic study of forecasting operations at the National Weather Service, she is currently finishing a book manuscript that analyzes the process of diagnosis and prognosis under regimes of high complexity.

Damon Centola is an Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Damon's research focuses on the diffusion of collective behavior, including 1) social movements, 2) cultural differentiation, and 3) social epidemiology.  His most recent work integrates theoretical results on social networks with applications to on-line communities and the dynamics of behavior change.  His research won the 2006 and 2009 American Sociological Association's Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology, and has been published in journals spanning sociology, political science, and physics.  Damon was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution and the Santa Fe Institute.


Joseph Blasi is a professor and sociologist at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University where he teaches the undergraduate and graduate courses on corporate governance.  He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests include economic sociology, the social and economic history of the corporation, and public policy. He studies the relationship between the division of rewards, power, and prestige in organizations and performance using large datasets. His books and articles have addressed different systems of work and broad-based employee ownership, profit sharing, and stock options in corporations, countries, industry sectors, (such as Silicon Valley), and historical periods. His latest book, Shared Capitalism at Work (with Douglas Kruse and Richard Freeman), will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010. Current projects include a study of reward systems and company culture in major corporations and the American economic history of broad-based profit sharing and ownership.