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Apr. 4: The Infinite Character of Social Process

  • Knox Hall 509 | Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The Infinite Character of Social Process

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Knox Hall 509, 606 W 122nd Street

Prof. Andrew Abbott is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. Abbott took his BA (History and Literature) at Harvard in 1970 and his PhD (Sociology) from the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to his return to Chicago in 1991, he taught for thirteen years at Rutgers University. 

His major research interests lie in the sociology of occupations, professions, and work, the sociology of culture and knowledge, and social theory. Abbott also has longstanding interests in methods, heuristics, and the philosophy and practice of sociology.

Known for his ecological theories of occupations, Abbott pioneered algorithmic analysis of social sequence data. He has written on the foundations of social science methodology and on the evolution of the social sciences and the academic system. He is the author of seven books and eighty articles and chapters. 

An active teacher, Abbott has served on or chaired over 100 dissertation committees, and his students teach at universities and colleges throughout the United States. He served from 1993 to 1996 as Master of Chicago's Social Science Collegiate Division and as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1999-2002. He has also chaired the University's Library Board and the task force planning the future of the University's libraries.

Abbott edited Work and Occupations from 1991 to 1994 and edited the American Journal of Sociology from 2000 until 2016. He was President of the Social Science History Association in 2002/3. Abbott was Norman Chester Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 1997 and has continued to visit Oxford regularly since.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2011 received the degree of Docteur Honoris Causa from the Universite de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

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Funding support for the Networks and Time Seminar Series is provided by the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, administered by INCITE, which features events and programming that embody and honor Lazarsfeld’s commitment to the improvement of methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.