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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

at Princeton University

The Princeton University Department of Sociology is one of the nation's leaders in both economic sociology and social inequality. The Center for the Study of Social Organizations (CSSO), which will host the postdoctoral fellows, sponsors three ongoing activities, as well as occasional conferences and ad hoc lectures. The Economic Sociology Workshop meets bi-weekly with presentations by visiting scholars; for the past three years, Viviana Zelizer and Avinash Dixit (a recent president of the American Economic Association) have devoted the fall to a joint seminar in economic sociology and economics. The Center's weekly workshop provides an intellectual home for graduate students and post-docs working in the areas of economic sociology, complex organizations, and social networks, and focuses on presentations by workshop members of ongoing work, as well as informal discussions with visiting scholars. The Theorodology Workshop is devoted to presentations of work, usually by workshop members and usually in very early stages that aim at the nexus of quantitative methodology and social theory.

Princeton's economic sociology program has had three foci: Cultural approaches (e.g. Paul DiMaggio and Viviana Zelizer); network-analytic approaches (e.g. Paul DiMaggio and Martin Ruef); and work on innovation, entrepreneurship and social capital (Alejandro Portes and Martin Ruef). Moreover, this work is supported as well by other Princeton Faculty in the fields of sociology of culture (e.g., Robert Wuthnow, King-to Yeung) or network analysis (e.g., Delia Baldassarri, Matt Salganick).

Princeton is also a center for research in social inequality, with scholars participating in the postdoctoral program offering expertise in many areas: Tom Espenshade (higher education), Angel Harris (education and race), Doug Massey (immigration, housing), Sara McLanahan (children, families), Katherine Newman (poverty, public policy), Devah Pager (crime, prisons), Alejandro Portes (migration), Scott Lynch (health), Edward Telles (race, immigration), and Marta Tienda (education, immigration); and outside of Sociology, Larry Bartels (politics and social inequality) and Eldar Shafir (psychology, poverty and economic decision making). The Global Network in Inequality, a Princeton-managed consortium of fourteen academic research centers on five continents, will give postdoctoral fellows access to research and scholarly contacts of global scope. The Joint Degree Program in Sociology and Social Policy, a collaboration between Princeton's Social Science Departments and the Woodrow Wilson School, provides training for interdisciplinary cohorts who earn joint PhDs in their own disciplines and in Public Policy, and further cultivates the cross-disciplinary ties that thrive at Princeton.

In addition to the CSSO, the following Centers will welcome fellows and provide outstanding resources for fellows with relevant interests. The Center for Migration and Development, the Center for Research on Child Well-Being, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Mentoring Plan: We are committed to developing a program that will not only sustain talented PhDs until they find tenure-track positions, but will also mentor them and enable them to acquire new skills. Several aspects of the program will contribute to this: advising, project development, teaching experience, and job-market assistance.

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Postmark Deadline: December 21, 2011