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Dec. 6: Cultural Holes and the Production of Economic Thought

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

Cultural Holes and the Production of Economic Thought

WHEN: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Knox Hall 403, 606 W 122nd Street

Emily Erikson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University and an alumna of the Columbia PhD program in Sociology.  She conducts research in the fields of social networks, comparative historical sociology, organizations, theory, and economic sociology. Her focus is on the role of social networks in historical and cultural change. Her book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, (Princeton University Press, 2014) examines the impact of social networks on the fortunes of the English East India Company and by extension the relationship between Britain and Asia. Current research includes both extending existing work on the English East India Company by examining the role of the chartered companies as a site for the negotiation and coordination of the interests of capitalists and imperialists as well as new work on the difference between routine and ritual, agency and choice as expressed within social networks, and citation patterns in academic research. She is a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, serves on the editorial board of Sociology Theory, sits as a council member of the Comparative Historical Section of the ASA, and is co-convenor (with Olav Sorenson) of the Social Networks Working Group.  Her webpage can be found here:

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

For inquires about Networks and Time, please contact coordinators Mark Hoffman ( or Eugene Grey (

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.