Nina Bandelj

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Professor, Sociology
School of Social Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Organizational Research


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
Research Interests
Economic Sociology, Culture, Globalization, Organizations, Social Networks, Political Economy, Social Change, Central and Eastern Europe
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Academic Distinctions
Nina Bandelj is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her international baccalaureate in Ljubljana, Slovenia, her B.A. (summa cum laude) at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at Princeton University. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Martin Seymour Lipset Award from the Society for Comparative Research.
Bandelj began her career as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine in 2003, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. She served as Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Research in the School of Social Sciences in 2016, and currently serves as Equity Advisor to Dean of Social Sciences, and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research at UCI. She is facilitator in the Women’s Development Initiative supported by the UC Office of the President. Professor Bandelj’s research examines the social, cultural and emotional influences on economy, determinants and consequences of globalization, and social change in postsocialist Europe. Her articles have been published in top discipline and specialty journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Theory and Society, and Socio-Economic Review. Her books include From Communists to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe (2008), Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective (2010, with E. Sowers), Economic Sociology of Work (2009), The Cultural Wealth of Nations (2011, with F. Wherry), Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009 (2012, with D. Solinger) and Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works (2017, with F. Wherry and V. Zelizer). Bandelj’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, the University of California, and the Slovenian Research Agency. She was awarded visiting fellowships from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Professor Bandelj is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association honorary society, and a recipient of the UCI Senate Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Service. She is one of the editors of Socio-Economic Review, Treasurer of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, past Chair of the Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), a Council-at-large member of the ASA, and on the Executive Councils of RC09 of the International Sociological Association, and Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA.

2018 Dynamic Womxn of UCI Academic Achievement Award
2017-18 Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate, UCI
2016-19 Elected Council-Member-At-Large, American Sociological Association
2016 Elected to Sociological Research Association
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Dean's Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Social Sciences
2013-2014 Elected Chair, Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association
2012-2018 Elected Executive Council Member, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (two terms)
2011-2014 Elected Council Member, Global and Transnational Section, American Sociological Association
2011-present 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
Research Abstract
Nina Bandelj’s research engages and intersects two areas of inquiry, economic sociology and social change related to post-communist transformations and globalization. She asks questions to uncover the social bases of economic processes, at micro and macro levels of analysis, and to advance new theoretical explanations about the economy/society interplay. To do so she uses a variety of data and methods, quantitative or qualitative, and often 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 examining the role of emotions in economy, by developing a relational work approach to economic interactions, and by extending the economic sociology approach to explain macro-economic trends and development.

Along these lines, Bandelj’s work also examines momentous changes in the late 20th century due to the rise of globalization, financialization, and the collapse of communism. The goal is to study these dynamics and explicate the social construction and institutionalization of economic, political, and cultural outcomes, and to assess the consequences of these changes, primarily for social inequality.
Publications
Bandelj, Nina and Yader R. Lanuza. 2018. “Economic Expectations of Young Adults.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.
 
Bandelj, Nina and Christoffer Zoeller. 2018. “Cognition and Social Meaning in Economic Sociology.” Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology, edited by Wayne H. Brekhus and Gabe Ignatow. New York: Oxford University Press. In press.
 
Bandelj, Nina and Christopher W. Gibson. 2018. “Relational Work and Consumption.” Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Consumption, edited by Frederick F. Wherry and Ian Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press.
 
Bandelj, Nina and Katelyn Finley. 2018. “East European Discontent: Economic Attitudes Across Class, Ethnicity and Time.” Problems of Post-Communism. doi/full/10.1080/10758216.2018.1484668
 
Bandelj, Nina, Elizabeth Sowers and Zaibu Tufail. 2017. “Economic Sociology.” Pp. 334-343 in The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, edited by Kathleen Korgen. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
 
King, Joseph, Andrew Penner, Nina Bandelj and Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrcela. 2017. “Market Transformation and the Opportunity Structure for Gender Inequality: A Cohort Analysis using Linked Employer-Employee Data from Slovenia.” Social Science Research 67C: 14-33.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Frederick Wherry and Viviana Zelizer. (Eds.) 2017. Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
 
Adams, Britni, Joseph King, Andrew M. Penner, Nina Bandelj and Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrcela. 2017. “The Returns to Education and Labor Market Sorting in Slovenia, 1993-2007.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 47: 55–65.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Julia Elyachar, Gary Richardson and James Weatherall. 2016. “Comprehending and Regulating Financial Crises: An Interdisciplinary Approach.” Perspectives on Science 24(4): 443-473.
 
Bandelj, Nina. 2016. “On Postsocialist Capitalism.” Theory and Society 45(1): 89-106.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Katelyn Finley and Bogdan Radu. 2015. “Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Test of Early Impact.” East European Politics 31(2): 129-148.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Lyn Spillman and Frederick Wherry. 2015. “Economic Culture in the Public Sphere: Introduction.” European Journal of Sociology 56(1): 1-10.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Paul James Morgan and Elizabeth Sowers. 2015. "Hostile Worlds or Connected Lives? Research on the Interplay Between Intimacy and Economy." Sociology Compass 9(2): 115–127.
 
Kanjuo Mrcela, Aleksandra and Nina Bandelj. Guest editors. 2015. “Economy and Society.” Teorija in praksa [Theory and Practice] Volume 52, Issue 3.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Lyn Spillman and Frederick Wherry. Guest editors. 2015. “Economic Culture in the Public Sphere.” European Journal of Sociology. Volume 56, Issue 1.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Matthew C. Mahutga and Kristen Shorette. 2015. “Signaling Demand for
Foreign Investment: Postsocialist Countries in the Global Bilateral Investment Treaties Network” Europe-Asia Studies 67 (6): 870–892.
 
Lanuza, Yader R. and Nina Bandelj. 2015. “The Productive Role of Children in Immigrant Families.” Teorija in praksa [Theory and Practice] 52(3): 415-433.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Katelyn Finley and Bogdan Radu. 2015. “Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Test of Early Impact.” East European Politics 31(2): 129-148.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Lyn Spillman and Frederick Wherry. 2015. “Economic Culture in the Public Sphere: Introduction.” European Journal of Sociology 56(1): 1-10.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Paul James Morgan and Elizabeth Sowers. 2015. "Hostile Worlds or Connected Lives? Research on the Interplay Between Intimacy and Economy."
Sociology Compass 9(2): 115–127.
 
Bandelj, Nina, Kristen Shorette, and Elizabeth Sowers. 2015. “Global Economic Networks.” In Emerging Trends in Behavioral and Social Sciences, edited by Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Son.
 
Bandelj, Nina and Paul James Morgan. 2015. “Culture and Economy.” Pp. 535-541 in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, volume 5, edited by James D. Wright. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
 
Bandelj, Nina. 2014. “The Rise of Management Education in Postsocialist Europe.” Pp. 35-52 in Global Management, Local Resistances: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies, edited by Ulrike Schuerkens. London, UK: Routledge.
 
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 Katelyn Finley. 2018. “East European Discontent: Economic Attitudes Across Class, Ethnicity and Time.” Problems of Post-Communism. doi/full/10.1080/10758216.2018.1484668
 
Bandelj, Nina, Matthew C. Mahutga and Kristen Shorette. 2015. “Signaling Demand for Foreign Investment: Postsocialist Countries in the Global Bilateral Investment Treaties Network” Europe-Asia Studies 67 (6): 870–892.
 
Lanuza, Yader R. and Nina Bandelj. 2015. “The Productive Role of Children in Immigrant Families.” Teorija in praksa [Theory and Practice] 52(3): 415-433.
 
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
2013-2016, National Science Foundation, Interdisciplinary Behavioral Sciences Exploratory Grant, "Comprehending and Regulating Financial Crises" (with Julia Elyachar, Gary Richardson and James Weatherall)
2017-2019 National Science Foundation. “Parenting, Raising Children and Rising Debt.”
2018-19 Doctoral Dissertation Sponsor, National Science Foundation (PI: Nina Bandelj, Co-PI: Christoffer Zoeller)
Professional Societies
American Sociological Association
International Sociological Association
Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics
Research Centers
Center for Organizational Research
Center for the Study of Democracy
Last updated
09/10/2018