Photo courtesy of CEU/Daniel Vegel

Photo courtesy of CEU/Daniel Vegel

I'm Associate Professor and the founding Dean of Undergraduate Education at Central European University, overseeing launching of new BA’s at CEU Vienna.

After completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at New York University, I was the Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (2006-2007), followed by four years as a Harper Schmidt Fellow (the Society of Fellows) teaching undergraduate social theory within the University of Chicago's common core curriculum (2007-2011).

I joined Central European University in Autumn 2011, and was Head of Department 2017-2019, prior to being appointed Dean. My expertise is in political sociology, qualitative methods, gender politics, and comparative and historical sociology. I wrote a comparative book on the politics of military service in France and the United States, published by Cambridge University Press, and related journal articles published in the American Journal of Sociology, Polity, Politics and Society, and various other journals (see Publications for more information). This interview featured on the Cambridge University Press blog highlights some of the book's contributions.

I have studied the proliferation of political dynasties within political parties, a project supported by a European Commission Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. One case study was the French National Front, resulting in a focus on the gender politics of right-wing parties and movements in France, and in Europe at large. In 2016-2017 I was a EURIAS fellow (a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action) at the Collegium de Lyon, where I continued studying the French National Front, and more broadly, transformations in European party politics. Relatedly, I am analyzing the political formation and re-formation of religious conservatives in Europe. I am also developing a model for understanding the emergence of what I called the Ordonationalist party family in Europe. This is part of my attempt at going beyond twentieth-century categories for understanding the new radical right in Europe and globally, especially in light of transformations in organized violence and the authoritarian tendencies of the neoliberal state.

I am interested in social theory, and in addition to teaching sociological theory, have written a chapter called "Globalizing Gender," in the agenda-setting edited book, Social Theory Now (University of Chicago Press). The chapter calls for greater reflexivity regarding the modernist categories structuring contemporary theories of gender and sexuality.

In another project, I am studying anti-state populism within the cryptocurrency community, and the pro-state moral panic around cryptocurrencies within the public at large. 

Finally, on a very different note, I am working on a mini passion-project based on interviews with women primatologists. This project analyzes the unusual development of an explicitly feminist agenda in the biological sciences.