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A top-10 graduate training program for over a decade

Economic sociology at Cornell has ranked as a top-10 graduate training program for over a decade. The U.S. News and World Report (2013) ranks Cornell’s graduate program in economic sociology among alongside those of Stanford, Berkeley, and Princeton, Harvard, and Chicago.

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The Department of Sociology at Cornell University offers graduate courses in economic sociology, the economic sociology of entrepreneurship, social network analysis, the new institutionalism, culture in economic sociology, and advanced graduate seminars. CSES plays an essential role in attracting and training the best of the next generation of scholars in a number of subfields related to the study of economy and society. At the Center, graduate students are welcomed into a collaborative group of economic sociologists and given ample opportunity to work with faculty members on sponsored research projects.

Laboratories

Each year CSES supports the Economy & Society Laboratory, which was designed by Professor Victor Nee to provide training in empirical research in economy and society, and focuses on integrating theory construction and empirical research within a lab environment. CSES and the Economy & Society Laboratory jointly provide small grants to lab members wishing to pursue the study of economic sociology and organizations. These grants are given directly to lab members upon acceptance to a degree program at Cornell and can be applied for again in subsequent years—the application is based on a peer review process.

Working Groups

Graduate students play an active role in the daily life of the CSES. For example, each working group has a graduate student intern who works closely with the group’s faculty coordinator(s). They are strongly encouraged to present papers at the working group meetings and to contribute articles to the CSES Working Paper Series.

Job Market

Historically, graduate students that have been trained in economy and society at Cornell University have done well on the job market. For example, the following is a list of former Ph.D. students at Cornell University who were trained in economic sociology, organizations, and network analysis:

Christopher B. Yenkey (2011)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Organizations and Strategy, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Li Mary Ma (2010)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology, Tongji University

Ed Carberry (2008)

  • Assistant Professor, Business-Society Management
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

John Scott (2008)

  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ko Kuwabara (2007)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

Min-Dong Paul Lee (2007)

  • Associate Professor
  • College of Business, University of South Florida

Arnout van de Rijt (2007)

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology, SUNY-Stony Brook

Damon Centola (2006)

  • Assistant Professor
  • MIT’s Sloan School of Management

Zhilin Liu (2006)

  • Associate Professor
  • School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

Erik Volz (2006)

  • Researcher
  • Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan

Wubiao Zhou (2006)

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology, Nanyan Technological University

Joy Pixley (2002)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology, University of California at Irvine

Brent Simpson (2001)

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology, University of South Carolina

James Kitts (2001)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

Pawan Dhingra (2001)

  • Professor and Chair
  • Department of Sociology, Oberlin College

Yang Cao (1999)

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology, UNC – Charlotte

Rebecca Matthews (1998)

  • Analyst
  • US Bureau of Census

Duncan Watts (1997)

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Lisa Keister (1997)

  • Professor and Director of Markets and Management Studies
  • Department of Sociology, Duke University

Sarah Soule (1995)

  • Professor
  • Stanford Business School, Stanford University

 Raymond Liedka (1995)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Oakland University

Paul Ingram (1995)

  • Associate Professor
  • Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
“Economic sociology is a science concerning itself with the interpretive understanding of social economic action and thereby with a causal explanation of its course and consequences.”— Max Weber