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soc phd programs #8: political sociology

Previous installments: strat/work, education, org studiesculture, urban, soc psych, demography.

This week – political sociology. I don’t mean political sociology as in the “personal is political.” I mean political sociology as in stuff that happens in and around states. So here I would include: voter behavior/public opinion; states; political parties; interest groups/social movements; studies of citizenship and political status; regional and global institutions; revolution studies; the law and policy formation.

In this vein, I’ll nod to my colleagues. Indiana is not traditionally known for political sociology, but the last ten years have drawn an extremely strong group in political sociology: Clem Brooks (public opinion), Brian Steensland (welfare state studies), Tim Bartley (movements/institutions/state regulation of industry), Ho-fung Hung (the Chinese state, especially early modern), Ethan Michelson (contemporary China & the law), Art Alderson (the politics of stratification), Paulette Lloyd (global institutions, network analysis, the UN), Pam Walters (states and schooling), and myself (social movements, antiwar politics, the Black power movement).

Let me draw attention to a department that has popped up on this blog: UC San Diego. Usually known as a fortress of culture and science studies, they’ve also cultivated a strong group in political sociology: Amy Binder (movements & culture), Isaac Martin (tax politics – see my book review here), Kwai Ng (language & law – my book review here), Ivan Evans (movements), David Fitzgerald (ethnography), Jeffrey Haydiu (movements), Martha Lampland (political economy), Richard Madsen (China), John Skrenty (policy/law), Carlos Waisman (Latin America/development), Leon Zamosc (movements).

Add more political sociology depts in the comments.

Written by fabiorojas

September 27, 2009 at 4:44 am

Posted in fabio, sociology

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  1. Well, this is not my area of specialization, so I’m running the risk of misleading people here, but Columbia and Notre Dame (USA) and Sussex and LSE (UK) are departments with strong reputations in this area. Is my info accurate or outdated?

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    Guillermo

    September 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

  2. Omar: Can you step in here? How’s political soc doing at notre dame these days? Dan Myers teaches there, and the politics dept has some soc friendly folks.

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    fabiorojas

    September 28, 2009 at 12:15 am

  3. Northwestern. UC Irvine. Columbia.

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    Trey

    September 28, 2009 at 1:11 am

  4. Trey: you know the rules! Gotta list faculty members!

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    fabiorojas

    September 28, 2009 at 1:45 am

  5. Sorry, sorry. Northwestern: Bruce Carruthers, Jim Mahoney, Ann Shola Orloff, Monica Prasad. UCI: Ed Amenta, Catherine Bolzendahl, David Meyer, David Snow, Francesca Polletta, Judy Stepan-Norris. Columbia: Karen Barkey, Debra Minkoff, Josh Whitford, Dana Fisher (weird to not include Tilly here).

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    Trey

    September 28, 2009 at 1:52 am

  6. Berkeley: Laura Enriquez, Marion Fourcade, Neil Fligstein, Margaret Weir, Raka Ray, Dylan Riley, Cihan Tugal, Cybelle Fox, Irene Bloemraad, Jerome Karabel, and then I guess you have to include Peter Evans, Michael Burawoy, and Kim Voss even though they don’t list it.

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    Trinh

    September 28, 2009 at 5:54 am

  7. At UCI, don’t forget the institutionalists: David Frank, Evan Schofer, and Ann Hironaka.

    UCSB: Richard Applebaum, Kevin Anderson, John Foran, Roger Friedland, Mark Juergensmeyer, William Robinson, Verta Taylor.

    UW: Paul Burstein, Dan Chirot, Edgar Kiser, Steve Pfaff.

    Stanford: Doug McAdam, Susan Olzak, John Meyer, Paulo Parrigi, Andrew Walder, Gi-Wook Shin.

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    cwalken

    September 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  8. I’m a little late on this, but I’m surprised not to see my (and Fabio’s) host institution not mentioned.

    Michigan: Mizruchi, Krippner, Somers, Steinmetz, Levitsky, Kimeldorf, Gocek, Paige, Zubrzycki, Tsutsui, and (now) Armstrong.

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    ed walker

    September 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

  9. … and, of course, Zald (emeritus)

    Also, to add to the UCSD plug: Tom Medvetz has been doing solid work on think tanks and the conservative movement.

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    ed walker

    September 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

  10. I might be biased here: But UC Irvine definitely ranks up there with political sociology–I would include Val Jenness in the law and society department

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    Steve Boutcher

    October 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm

  11. adding to the stanford group: Sarah Soule, Huggy Rao and JP Ferguson at the GSB

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    sd

    October 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

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