Victor Nee is Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor of Economic Sociology at Cornell University, Director of the Economic Sociology Lab, and Director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society. He was Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology (1991-2011), and Chair of the Department of Sociology (1997-2002). His undergraduate education was at the University of California, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in Sociology. He was Lecturer in the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics (1969-1970), Assistant and Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1977-1985). In 1985, he returned to the Department of Sociology at Cornell University, where he started his career. He was Global Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University, Abu Dhabi in 2012.

Victor Nee has written widely on the new institutionalism in economic and organizational sociology, immigration and assimilation, and inequality, including his books, Remaking the American Mainstream (with Richard Alba), Longtime Californ’ (with Brett de Bary), and Capitalism from Below (with Sonja Opper). His articles have been published in disciplinary journals in Sociology and Economics. These publications are the recipient of the George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management; Thomas and Znanieki Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association International Migration Section, Mirra Komoravsky Best Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, James S. Coleman Best Book Award from the ASA Rationality and Society Section, Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management, Best Paper on Theory of Management from IACMR and Peking University Press.

Victor Nee is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2006-2007), Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1996-1997), and Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (1994-1995; 2015-2016). He received post-doctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council (1979-1980) and American Council of Learned Societies (1990-1991). He holds an honorary doctorate in Economics from the School of Economics at Lund University in Sweden, is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association, and a former President of the Eastern Sociological Society. He is married to Brett de Bary and has two children.

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Articles & Chapters

Cooperation with Strangers: Spillover of Community Norms. Mario Molina, Victor Nee, Hakan Holm. Organization Science, 2022

Immigration, Opportunity and Assimilation in a Technology Economy (Victor Nee and Lucas Drouhot), CSES Working Paper Series, Center for the Study of Economy & Society Cornell University, 2020

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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