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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

at Cornell University

Cornell University's Department of Sociology has long been a leading national center of innovative research and graduate training in economic sociology and inequality, and provides an ideal institutional setting for hosting post-doctoral fellows studying the current recession and its consequences. The Center for the Study of Economy and Society (CSES) will house the Postdoctoral Fellow studying the current recession and its consequences. CSES was one of the first centers of economic sociology, and since its inception has focused on five core areas of research: the economic institutions and institutional change, comparative capitalism and markets (Victor Nee and Richard Swedberg); on-line markets and communities (Michael Macy); exchange theory and emotions in economic behavior (Edward Lawler); organizational innovation, imitation, and malfeasance (Doug Heckathorn, Elizabeth Hirsh, and David Strang); and social capital and status (Benjamin Cornwell). CSES has active interdisciplinary colloquium series on "Institutions, Market Processes and the Firm" and organizes conferences and workshops on special topics in economic sociology. It sponsors ongoing "Workshop on the Study of Capitalism" in which graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty meet regularly over brown-bag lunches.

The Department also boasts a strong core of faculty who conduct inequality research, supported by the Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI). Their areas of expertise include the sources of rising income inequality (Kim Weeden and Stephen Morgan); class, gender, and race differences in health information, job information, and social support networks (Matt Brashears and Benjamin Cornwell); immigration (Victor Nee); race and poverty (David Harris); gender inequalities in labor market outcomes (Beth Hirsh and Kim Weeden). CSI runs a colloquium series, organizes conferences and workshops, offers a semester-long series of debates on current controversies in inequality that brings top scholars to Cornell, and provides teaching and administrative support. Fellow can be affiliated with CSI as well as CSES.

The two centers and Department will provide a stimulating and supportive institutional context for the fellows. The Department, CSES, and CSI are located on the same floor, so Postdoctoral Fellows will have easy access to departmental and center mentors. In addition to their substantive expertise, these mentors have expertise in a range of methods including survey analysis, experimental methods, network analysis, counterfactual causality, and respondent-driven sampling. The centers also act as hubs of interdisciplinary exchange across campus and can facilitate meaningful interactions between the Fellows and extra-departmental mentors. This will give Fellows access to additional expertise in, for example, gender inequality (Francine Blau) and entrepreneurship (Diane Burton). Other Cornell resources include the Institute for the Social Sciences, the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, and the Cornell Population Program.

Cornell Sociology is committed to building a mentoring environment for Postdoctoral Fellows through opportunities in on-going research programs and active involvement of faculty mentors, within the Department of Sociology and across campus in the many centers, seminar series, and research programs in the social sciences.

For more information on Economic Sociology and Social Inequality at Cornell University, visit the Center for the Study of Economy and Society website at:, and the Center for the Study of Inequality website at:

For more information visit the Department of Sociology (

Cornell University is an equal opportunity employer, and prides itself on offering a supportive environment for scholars regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

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Postmark Deadline: December 19, 2011