American Sociological Association

About the Section

About the Section

History of the Section

Classic sociological thinkers were keenly interested in the relationship between the economy and the society, but as a distinctive specialty, economic sociology only began crystallizing in the 1980s, and only began serious self-organization in the 1990s. As one result, the Economic Sociology Section-in-Formation was created in August 2000. Chaired by Wayne Baker, the section's organizing committee—Nicole Biggart, Neil Fligstein, Mark Granovetter, Brian Uzzi, Fernanda Wanderley, and Harrison White—worked hard and effectively to set up the necessary section structure and recruit a significant number of members. As a Section-in-Formation, the section hosted five regular sessions at the 2000 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC: Business Networks, Global Markets and Globalization, and Transitional Economies, Banking and Finance, and Asian Economies (all organized by Wayne Baker).



Screenshot from the program for the 2000 ASA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC


Economic Sociology became a permanent Section in January 2001. The first issue of the section's newsletter Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology, edited by Joan E. Manley and Sarah Busse appeared in the Fall of 2000. The first sessions as a permanent  section were organized at the 2001 Annual Meetings of the ASA in Anaheim, California. Two sessions (“The Evolving Field of Economic Sociology,” and “Global Financial Markets”), and roundtables (“Culture and Economy”) organized by Brian Uzzi were tremendously successful, drawing large audiences. In its annual rankings of sociology departments, U.S. News and World Report includes a section on Economic Sociology.


Section By-Laws

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Annual Reports


ChairAnnual ReportDownload Report
2021-2022Emily Erikson
2020-2021Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
Prepared by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
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2019-2020Emily Barman

Prepared by Emily Barman

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2018-2019Sarah Louise Babb
2017-2018Frederick Wherry
2016-2017Nancy DiTomaso

Prepared by Nancy DiTomaso
Submitted on October 12th, 2016

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2015-2016Alya GusevaPrepared by Alya Guseva
Submitted on October 10th, 2016
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2014-2015Greta KrippnerPrepared by Greta Krippner
Submitted on October 15th, 2015
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2013-2014Nina BandeljPrepared by Nina Bandelj
Submitted on October 15th, 2014
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2012-2013Vicki SmithPrepared by Vicki Smith
Submitted on October 15th, 2013
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2011-2012Walter PowellPrepared by Walter Powell
Submitted on October 15th, 2012
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2010-2011Alejandro PortesPrepared by Alejandro Portes
Submitted on September 26th, 2011
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2009-2010Frank Dobbin

ASA altered procedures, requiring the
out-going chair to prepare the annual report,
rather than the incoming chair.

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2008-2009Mark MizruchiPrepared by Frank Dobbin
Submitted on October 10th, 2009
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2007-2008Lisa KeisterPrepared by Mark Mizruchi
Submitted on November 6th, 2008
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2006-2007Bruce Carruthers

Prepared by Lisa Keister
Submitted on October 13th, 2007

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2005-2006Richard SwedbergPrepared by Bruce Carruthers
Submitted on  October 13th, 2006
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2004-2005Nicole Biggart

Prepared by Richard Swedberg
Submitted on  October 11th, 2005

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2003-2004Neil Fligstein
2002-2003Harrison White

Prepared by Neil Fligstein
Submitted on  October 1st, 2003

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2001-2002Viviana ZelizerPrepared by Viviana Zelizer
Submitted on  October 19th, 2002
2001-2001Wayne Baker

Prepared by Viviana Zelizer
Submitted on September 25th, 2001

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*If you have any information as to the whereabouts of the 2003-2004 Annual Report please contact the Section Webmaster, Isabel Jijon at isabel [dot] jijon [at] aya [dot] yale [dot] edu