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Nina Bandelj

Associate Professor, Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology

Phone: (949) 824-8872
Fax: (949) 824-4717
Email: nbandelj-at-uci-dot-edu

University of California, Irvine
4263 Social Science Plaza B
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697

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Research
Interests
Economic Sociology, Culture, Globalization, Organizations, Social Networks, Political Economy, Social Change, Central and Eastern Europe
   
URLs CV in pdf
   
Co-Director, COR - Center for Organizational Research
   
Board Member, ISA RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development
   
My book, From Communists to Foreign Capitalists
   
My book, Economic Sociology of Work
   
My book, Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective (with Elizabeth Sowers)
   
My book, The Cultural Wealth of Nations (with Frederick F. Wherry)
   
Editor, Socio-Economic Review
   
My book, Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009 (with Dorothy J. Solinger)
   
Executive Council Member, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
   
Chair, Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association
   
Academic
Distinctions
2013-2014 Elected Chair, Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association

2012-2015 Elected Executive Council Member, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

2010-present Appointed Editor, Socio-Economic Review

2010-12 Elected Council Member, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association

2008-10 Elected Council Member, Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association

2008 Runner-up for Best paper in Socio-Economic Review

2006-10 Elected Co-Chair, RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development, International Sociological Association

2007 Faculty Career Development Award, University of California, Irvine

2006 Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

2005 Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Fellow, Cologne, Germany

2004 Winner of Seymour Martin Lipset Dissertation Award, Society for Comparative Research

2003, 2004 Nominated for Professor of the Month, University of California, Irvine, Campus Village Undergraduate Complex

2003-2006 Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the RC09: Social Transformations and Sociology of Development, International Sociological Association

2003 Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics

2003 American Sociological Association Sociology of Emotions Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award Runner-Up

2002 Certificate for Outstanding Participation in the Theory and Research in Comparative Sociology Course, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

2002 DBH Foundation Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper in Sociology at Princeton University

2001 American Sociological Association Comparative and Historical Sociology Section Reinhard Bendix Graduate Student Paper Prize Finalist

2000 Candace Rogers Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper by Eastern Sociological Society

1998 Carl Couch Award for Undergraduate Paper by Midwest Sociological Society
   
Research
Abstract
Nina Bandelj’s research engages and intersects two areas of inquiry, economic sociology and social change related to transformations in Central and Eastern Europe and globalization. She is interested in uncovering the social bases of economic processes, at micro and macro levels of analysis, in order to advance new theoretical explanations about economy/society interactions. To do so she often collects and analyzes original data employing quantitative or qualitative methods, or a combination of both.

Bandelj’s research on economy and society is inspired by classical questions raised by Max Weber about social and economic action and Karl Polanyi about market creation and operation. She contributes to the theoretical and empirical agenda in economic sociology by a) examining how a combination of three types of social forces, structural, political and cultural, shape economic phenomena; b) explicating how these social forces constitute, not merely constrain, economic outcomes; c) theorizing micro-economic behavior in conditions of uncertainty as practical social action; and d) extending the economic sociology approach to explain macro-economic trends.

Related to this research agenda in economic sociology, Bandelj’s work also examines, more broadly, the two momentous changes in the late 20th century, the rise of globalization and the collapse of communism. The goal is a) to study these dynamics, i.e. the processes of social change, and explicate the social construction and institutionalization of economic, political, and cultural outcomes that are taken for granted in times of stability, and b) to assess the consequences of these changes, primarily for social inequality.
   
Publications Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2013. “Structures of Globalization: Evidence from the World-Wide Network of Bilateral Investment Treaties (1959-2009).” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54(2): 95–123.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2012. “Relational Work and Economic Sociology.” Politics and Society 40(2): 175-201.
   
  Penner, Andrew M., Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrcela, Nina Bandelj and Trond Petersen. 2012. “Neenakost po spolu v Sloveniji od 1993 do 2007: Razlike v placah v perspektivi ekonomske sociologije.” (Gender Inequality in Slovenia, 1993-2007: An Economic Sociology Analysis of Pay Gap).” Teorija in Praksa 49(6): 854-877.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2011. “Relevance of Nationality in Cross-Border Economic Transactions.” Nationalities Papers 39(6): 963-976.
   
  Bandelj, Nina, Kristen Shorette and Elizabeth Sowers. 2011. “Work and Neoliberal Globalization: A Polanyian Synthesis.” Sociology Compass 5(9): 807-823.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Frederick F. Wherry. Eds. 2011. The Cultural Wealth of Nations. Stanford University Press.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Frederick F. Wherry. 2011. “An Inquiry into the Cultural Wealth of Nations,” in The Cultural Wealth of Nations, edited by Nina Bandelj and Frederick F. Wherry. Stanford University Press.
   
  Centeno, Miguel, Nina Bandelj and Frederick F. Wherry. 2011. “The Political Economy of Cultural Wealth” in The Cultural Wealth of Nations edited by Nina Bandelj and Frederick F. Wherry. Stanford University Press.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2010. “ How EU Integration and Legacies Mattered for Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe.” Europe-Asia Studies 62 (3): 481–501.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2010. “Rising Income Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe: The Influence of Economic Globalization and Other Social Forces.” Pp. 193-218 in Transformations of Social Inequality and Globalization, edited by Ulrike Schuerkens. London, UK: Routledge.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2009. “Toward Economic Sociology of Work.” Pp. 1-18 in Economic Sociology of Work, edited by Nina Bandelj. London, UK: Emerald Publishing.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. Editor. 2009. Economic Sociology of Work. London, UK: Emerald Publishing.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Dorothy J. Solinger. Eds. 2012. Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China (1989-2009). New York: Oxford University Press. Contributed chapters: “Post-socialist Trajectories in Comparative Perspective,” and "Fate of the State in Comparative Perspective."
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2010. “How Socio-Economic Changes Shape Income Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe.” Social Forces 88(5): 2133-2161.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Elizabeth Sowers. 2010. Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective. London: Polity.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2009. “Giving Mega Attention to Macro Research: How to Handle Challenges of Quantitative Cross-National Data Collection and Analysis.” Pp. 217-237 in Research Methods from the Trenches edited by Eszter Hargittai. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2009. “Emotions in Economic Action and Interaction.” Theory and Society 38(4):347-366.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2009. “The Global Economy as Instituted Process: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe.” American Sociological Review 74: 128-149.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2008. Book Review of The New Old Economy, by Josh Whitford. Social Forces 87(1): 596-598
   
  Mahutga, Matthew C. and Nina Bandelj. 2008. “Foreign Investment and Inequality: The Natural Experiment of Central and Eastern Europe.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 49 (6): 429-454.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2008. “Economic Objects as Cultural Objects: Discourse on Foreign Investment in Post-socialist Europe.” Socio-Economic Review 6(4): 671-702.
   
  Nina Bandelj. 2008. From Communists to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2007. “Negotiating Neo-liberalism: Economic Reform in Central and Eastern Europe.” Pp. 46-74 in Transformations of Local Socio-Economic Practices and Globalization, edited by Ulrike Schuerkens. New York: Routledge.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2007. “Supraterritoriality, Embeddedness, or Both? Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe.” Pp. 3-41 in Globalization: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Katalin Fabian. London: Elsevier.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Danica Purg. 2006. “Networks as Resources, Organizational Logic, and Change Mechanism: The Case of Private Business Schools in Postsocialism.” Sociological Forum 21(4): 587-622.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2006. "Social Foundations of Income Inequality in Postsocialist Europe." EUI Working Paper RSCAS No. 2006/34.
   
  Bandelj, Nina and Bogdan Radu. 2006. “Consolidation of Democracy in Postcommunist Europe.” Center for the Study of Democracy. Paper 06-04.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2006. “Cultural Understandings of Economic Globalization: Discourse on Foreign Direct Investment in Slovenia.” Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. MPIfG Discussion Paper 06/1.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2006. “Economic Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: An Economic Sociology Perspective.” Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, 2005-06 European Forum EUF/2005-6/16.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2006. Book Review of Slovenia: From Yugoslavia to the European Union, edited by Mojmir Mrak, Matija Rojec and Carlos Silva-Jáuregui. Europe-Asia Studies 58(1): 135-136.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2005. Book Review of The Sociology of the Economy, edited by Frank Dobbin. Contemporary Sociology 34(3): 261-262.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2004. "Institutional Foundations of Economic Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (1990-2000)." Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine. Working Paper 04-14.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2004. "Negotiating Global, Regional, and National Forces: Foreign Investment in Slovenia." East European Politics and Societies 18(3): 455-480.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2003. “How Method Actors Create Character-Roles.” Sociological Forum 18(3): 387-416.
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2003. "Particularizing the Global: Reception of Foreign Direct Investment in Slovenia." Current Sociology 51(3/4): 377-394. Reprinted in Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds, edited by Ulrike Schuerkens. Pp. 169-184. London: Sage Publications (2004).
   
  Bandelj, Nina. 2002. “Embedded Economies: Social Relations as Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe.” Social Forces 81 (2): 411-444.
   
  Bandelj, Nina, Viviana A. Zelizer, and Ann Morning. 2001. Materials for the Study of Childhood. Princeton, NJ: Department of Sociology, Princeton University.
   
Grants 2006, 2005, 2004 Center for the Study of Democracy Seed Grant
   
2002 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (with Bruce Western)
   
2002 Center for Migration and Development Research Grant, Princeton University
   
2001-2002 European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium Junior Doctoral Researcher Scholarship
   
2001-2002 Center of International Studies MacArthur Dissertation Fellowship, Princeton University Prize Fellowship
   
2001 American Sociological Association Teaching Enhancement Grant (with Wendy Cadge and Eszter Hargittai)
   
1999-2001 Noah Cotsen Junior Teaching Fellowship, Princeton University Prize Fellowship
   
2007 CORCL Cultural Diversity Grant, University of California, Irvine
   
2007 Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia Grant (PI: Andrej Rus)
   
2009 American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline/National Science Foundation Small Grants Program (with Frederick Wherry)
   
2009 Slovenian Research Agency Grant (PI: Andrej Rus, Co-PI: Nina Bandelj)
   
2009 Center for the Study of Democracy , University of California, Irvine, Flagship Conference Grant (with Dorothy Solinger)
   
2009 Center for Organizational Research Small Grant, University of California, Irvine
   
2009 American Council of Learned Societies, Eastern European Program Conference Grant (with Dorothy Solinger)
   
2009 UC Multi Campus Research Project in World History Grant for “1989: Twenty Years After” (with Dorothy Solinger)
   
2009 Office of Research, UCI, Conference Grant for “1989: Twenty Years After” (with Dorothy Solinger)
   
2010 Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Library Resources, University of California, Irvine, Special Research Grant Award
   
2010 ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Award
   
2011 Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Library Resources, University of California, Irvine, Single Investigator Innovation Grant.
   
2011 Doctoral Dissertation Sponsor, National Science Foundation (PI: Nina Bandelj, Co-PI: Kristen Shorette)
   
2012 Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine
   
Professional
Societies
American Sociological Association
International Sociological Association
Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics
Council of European Studies
Research Network 1989
   
Research Centers Center for the Study of Democracy
   
Center for Organizational Research
   
   
The Center for Leadership and Team Development http://merage.uci.edu/researchandcenters/cltd/
   
   
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Last updated 12/19/2013