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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The American State in a Multipolar World: Francis Fukuyama: COVID-19, Climate, and the Coming Challenges to Global Democracy

Monday, October 18, 2021
4:30 - 6:00pm
Klarman Hall, KG70
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853
This event will also be streamed live

What do two ongoing crises, the COVID-19 pandemic and the global climate emergency, mean for the future of global democracy and cooperation? Will liberal democracies rise to the challenge? Or will a resurgence of fascism prevent collective action? Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University, examines the key issues faced by the contemporary international order and delivers a prognosis based on the coming challenges to global democracy.

Join the Center for the Study of Economy & Society for the inaugural lecture by Francis Fukuyama of a new series, “The American State in a Multipolar World.” The series features distinguished scholars and public intellectuals: Francis Fukuyama, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Joseph Nye Jr., and Andrew J. Bacevich as they discuss the issues and choices facing the American state in a multipolar global economy and shifting world system. Does maintaining American democracy rely on American hegemony? Is a new Cold War compatible with the priorities of climate change and the covid pandemic, which require inter-state cooperation?

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Center for the Study of Economy & Society 2021 Lecture Series

October 18 - December 6, 2021
All events are both live and online
Email cses@cornell.edu for online registration details.

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Center for the Study of Economy & Society

CSES is an incubator for new ideas and research in economic sociology

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The Economic Sociology Lab

The Economic Sociology Lab seeks to provide training in theory construction linked to empirical research.

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Articles & Chapters

Cooperation with Strangers: Spillover of Community Norms. Mario Molina, Victor Nee, Hakan Holm. Forthcoming in Organization Science, 2021

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