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Appointments and awards

LSE is pleased to announce the following appointments and major awards since
September 2012. The appointments are the result of one of the biggest recruitment
drives in LSE’s history and mark a particularly successful year for the School.

LSE Director

Professor Craig Calhoun joined LSE as Director in September 2012 (from NYU)

Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Read more

Professor Calhoun took a D.Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford and a master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter; Critical Social Theory; Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

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Academic department hires

Department of Accounting

Professor Bjorn Jorgensen to join Department of Accounting (from Colorado)

Professor Jorgensen is currently Professor of Accounting at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. Originally from Denmark, Professor Jorgensen was a faculty member at Harvard and Columbia before joining the Leeds School. He also served as a Visiting Academic Scholar at the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), where he investigated whether financial reporting quality under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is comparable to US accounting standards. Professor Jorgensen’s research focuses on the role of risk and spans accounting, economics, and finance.

Dr Julia Morley to join Department of Accounting (from LSE)

Dr Julia Morley joins LSE as a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting, where she is currently a Fellow. She obtained an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the ICAEW. After working in finance roles in a number of public and private sector organisations, she obtained an MSc from the Department of Philosophy at the LSE and completed her PhD in the Department of Accounting in 2011. Dr Morley’s research focuses on the influence of financial economics on accounting regulation for pensions, derivatives and non-financial liabilities, and on the emergence of new performance measures in the social investment sector.    

Dr Tommaso Palermo joined the Department of Accounting (from Politecnico di Milano)

Dr Palermo joined LSE from Politecnico di Milano. His research interests cover management control systems and performance management, linking risk management to performance management and management accounting and public sector management. He has written on performance appraisal in the public sector and completed his PhD at Politecnico di Milano.

Professor Peter Pope to join Department of Accounting (from Cass Business School)

Professor Pope has been Professor of Accounting at Cass Business School since 2011, and prior to that held professorships at Lancaster University Management School and Strathclyde Business School. He has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor at New York University’s Stern School, the University of California at Berkeley, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University Hong Kong, Monash University and Macquarie University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of capital markets, financial reporting and securities valuation. Professor Pope has published widely in leading accounting journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research, as well as in many international finance journals.

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Department of Anthropology

Professor Katy Gardner joined Department of Anthropology (from Sussex)

Professor Gardner joined LSE from Sussex where she was Professor of Anthropology. Her doctoral research examined the cultural and social changes associated with international migration and globalisation in Bangladesh. She has researched age, the life course and childhood amongst British Bangladeshis in London. She is also interested in the relationship between anthropology and development. Professor Gardner has recently become interested in natural resources and industrialisation in Bangladesh, in particular the effects of land loss, corporatisation and ‘corporate social responsibility’ on poverty and inequality.

Professor David Graeber joined Department of Anthropology (from London, Goldsmiths)

Professor David Graeber joined LSE from Goldsmiths where he was Reader in Social Anthropology, having left Yale in 2007. He is an American anthropologist who has worked extensively on value theory, and is author of the well-recognised Debt: The First 5000 Years. Professor Graeber's original research focused on relations between former nobles and former slaves in a rural community in Madagascar; and was about magic as a tool of politics, about the nature of power, character, and the meaning of history. He is currently working on issues of bureaucracy, sacrifice, and the origins of social inequality.

Dr Nicholas Long joined Department of Anthropology (from Cambridge)

Dr Long joined LSE from Cambridge in 2012. He is a specialist in the anthropology of Indonesia and the Malay World, with a particular interest in the ways that processes of devolution and democratisation influence human beings’ understandings of self, agency, and relations with others. These interests have emerged through conducting long-term fieldwork in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. His forthcoming monograph, Being Malay in Indonesia, develops a new framework for the study of political decentralisation and in the process offers fresh perspectives on many classic themes in the anthropology of Southeast Asia. His current research investigates Indonesians' changing perceptions of and attachments towards democracy. Dr Long also has a long-standing interest in the anthropology of achievement and has written extensively on how and why the experience of ‘achieving’ affects people in different ways.

Dr Alpa Shah joined the Department of Anthropology (from London, Goldsmiths).

Dr Shah joined LSE from Goldsmiths, London, where she was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. She is currently writing a book on revolutionary struggle based on long-term ethnographic field research in a Maoist guerrilla stronghold in the forested hills of Eastern India. Her previous writing was on indigenous politics, development, positive discrimination and the state. Her new research is on inequality and poverty. She specialises in India and Nepal. Dr Shah read Geography at Cambridge and holds both an MSc and PhD in Anthropology from LSE.

Dr Gisa Weszkalnys joined Department from Anthropology (from Oxford)

Dr Weszkalnys specialises in the ethnographic study of natural resources, specifically oil in Africa, with her most recent research exploring expectations and fears regarding future oil extraction in São Tomé and Príncipe, a former Portuguese colony and independent island state in the African Atlantic. She has previously worked on the politics of urban planning, resulting in the book Berlin, Alexanderplatz: Transforming Place in a Unified Germany. Dr Weszkalnys has also carried out consultancy research in the field of natural resources and development. In 2012/13, Dr Weszkalnys was on research leave funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to propose an innovative approach to natural resources, and was also a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University.

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Department of Economic History

Dr Lars Boerner joined Department of Economic History (from Free University, Berlin)

Dr Boerner joined LSE from the Free University of Berlin, where he was Junior Professor for Economic History. He was previously a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Research Fellow at the European University Institute. He specialises in the history of markets and allocation mechanisms, the history of auctions, pre-modern trade and pre-modern financial history. His research has covered market design, trade epidemics, and currency unions. Dr Boerner earned his PhD in Economics at the Humboldt University, an MA in Economics from Tilburg University - CentER and an MA in Economic History from the University of Zurich.

Dr Neil Cummins to join Department of Economic History (from Queens College, City University, New York)

Dr Cummins is currently Assistant Professor of Economics at Queens College, City University of New York. His research interests cover economic and demographic history and social mobility over the long run. He obtained his PhD at LSE in 2009.

Professor Joan R. Roses to join Department of Economic History (from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Professor Roses will join LSE from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he is Associate Professor and served as Director of the Department of Economic History. He specialises in modern and contemporary European economic history. Professor Roses places a special emphasis on long-run economic growth, regional development, wellbeing and policy issues. He received his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence.

Dr Tamas Vonyo joined Department of Economic History (from Groningen)

Dr Vonyo’s appointment at LSE followed his role as a Research Fellow at the Groningen Growth and Development Centre at the University of Groningen, where he contributed to a project on comparative labour productivity in European manufacturing in the 20th century. His research interests are: economic history of modern Germany and East Central Europe, determinants of long-run growth, state capacity in fostering economic development, the economics of World War II and socialist industrialisation. Dr Vonyo completed his graduate studies at the University of Oxford between 2005 and 2010. His doctoral thesis on the wartime origins of the West German economic miracle was awarded the dissertation prize of the International Economic History Association in 2012.

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Department of Economics

Dr Esteban Aucejo joined Department of Economics (from Duke)

Dr Aucejo joined the Department of Economics and the Centre for Economic Performance from Duke University, North Carolina where he earned his PhD in Economics. His primary areas of interest are applied microeconomics, labour economics and the economics of education. He has previously written about the impact of affirmative action on subject choices and achievement in higher education. He holds an MA in Economics from Duke University.

Dr Jeremiah Dittmar joins Department of Economics (from American)

Dr Dittmar is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts and Sciences, American University. His research interests include the institutional and technological determinants of economic growth, economic history, political economy and economic geography. He obtained his PhD from Berkeley and completed a master’s at LSE.

Dr Andrew Ellis joins Department of Economics (from Boston)

Dr Ellis received his PhD from Boston University earlier this year. He works in microeconomic theory, particularly decision theory and political economy, and will be teaching microeconomic theory and applied economic theory. His current research interests include the economic modelling of inattention. Inattention has many interesting economic implications ranging from sticky prices to extreme price swings to under-diversification, but the behavioural foundations of the models that permit inattention are not yet well understood. His work seeks to improve our understanding of the role that inattention can play in economics by analysing the foundations for these models.

Professor Alessandro Gavazza joined Department of Economics (from NYU)

Before arriving at LSE Professor Gavazza was Associate Professor of Economics at NYU Stern. Prior to joining NYU Stern, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management and a member of the research staff of the Cowles Foundation. An applied economist, Professor Gavazza's interests are in industrial organisation and applied microeconomics. His recent research focused on markets for capital assets and durable goods, and inefficiencies in healthcare markets. His current research analyses buyer-seller relationships in illicit drug markets and households' choices in mortgage markets. He received his PhD in economics from the New York University and MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from LSE.

Dr Matthew Gentry joined Department of Economics (from Vanderbilt)

Dr Matthew Gentry joined LSE from Vanderbilt University, where he earned his PhD and MSc in Economics. He specialises in industrial organisation, auctions, microeconometrics and empirical microeconomics. His research has focused on the structural analysis of auction data. He also explores the interplay between sales, displays, in-store search and demand in retail markets and the role of information and selection in corporate mergers.

Dr Taisuke Otsu joined the Department of Economics (from Yale)

Dr Otsu joined LSE from Yale University where he was Associate Professor at the Cowles Foundation and the Department of Economics. He specialises in empirical likelihood, non-parametric and semi-parametric methods, and micro-econometrics. He has written on the empirical likelihood for non-parametric additive models, optimal comparisons of mis-specified unconditional moment restriction models under chosen measure of fit, and the second-order refinement of empirical likelihood for testing over identifying restrictions. Dr Otsu earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr Michael Peters to join Department of Economics (from Yale)

Dr Peters joins LSE from the Cowles Foundation at Yale, where he is currently Postdoctoral Associate. His research focuses on economic growth and long-run development and he obtained his PhD at MIT. In the summer of 2013 Dr Peters also held a position as Adjunct Faculty at Columbia Business School. 

Dr Gabriel Zucman to join Department of Economics (from Paris)

Dr Zucman has recently completed his PhD at the Paris School. He studies wealth accumulation from an international macro and public finance perspective. He is currently working on the role of tax havens in the global economy and the dynamics of the world distribution of wealth. His recent papers include “The Missing Wealth of Nations: Are Europe and the U.S. Net Debtors or Net Creditors?” in Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013, and “Capital is Back: Wealth-Income Ratios in Rich Countries, 1700-2010” with Thomas Piketty.

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European Institute

Dr Esra Ozyurek joins European Institute (from UC, San Diego)

Dr Ozyurek joins LSE from the University of California, San Diego where she has been Associate Professor since 2003. Her work focuses on how politics, religion, and social memory shape and transform each other in contemporary Turkey and Europe. Her most recent work focuses on how defining minority religions plays a central role in determining the boundaries of Turkish and European identities. She has published Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey and is preparing another manuscript for publication with the title Being German, Becoming Muslim: Racialization of Religion and Conversion in the New Europe.

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Department of Finance

Dr Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe joined Department of Finance (from Columbia)

Dr Gonzalez-Uribe joined LSE as a Lecturer in Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where she earned her PhD in Economics and Finance. She specialises in empirical corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and private equity and innovation. Her research has focused on the effect of venture capital on innovation and the diffusion of knowledge. Dr Gonzalez-Uribe holds an MPhil from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and an MSc in Economics from the University of the Andes, Colombia.

Dr Igor Makarov joins Department of Finance (from London Business School)

Dr Makarov joins as an Associate Professor from London Business School where he was an Assistant Professor of Finance. His research focuses on how various frictions and imperfections in financial markets affect the behaviour of economic agents, equilibrium prices, and quantities. Dr Makarov has published in the Journal of Finance; the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. He earned an MSc from the Moscow State University, an MA from the New Economic School, and a PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Dr Ian Martin joined the Department of Finance (from Stanford)

Dr Martin joined the Department of Finance as a visiting Reader from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He does research on financial markets, with a particular focus on the effects of disasters. Dr Martin earned his PhD at Harvard University and holds an MSc in Economics from LSE.

Dr Andrea Tamoni joined the Department of Finance (from Bocconi)

Dr Tamoni is a Lecturer in Finance at LSE. Prior to joining LSE, Dr Tamoni completed a year as a Visiting Scholar at New York University, then completed his PhD with a dissertation entitled “Essays in Asset Pricing" at Bocconi University in May 2012. His research interests are asset pricing, macroeconomics and financial econometrics. Dr Tamoni’s publications include works on consumption risk and the stock market returns, and he presented his latest research at the NBER Summer Institute in July 2013.

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Gender Institute

Professor Naila Kabeer to join Gender Institute (from SOAS)

Professor Kabeer will join LSE from the School of Oriental and African Studies where she has been Professor of Development Studies for the last three years. Her book Reversed Realities is one of the most widely cited books on Gender and Development. She has carried out research, teaching and advisory work in the fields of gender, social exclusion, labour markets and livelihoods, social protection and citizenship. She obtained her PhD at LSE.

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Department of Geography and Environment

Dr Jennifer Baka to join Department of Geography and Environment (from Yale)

Dr Baka joins LSE from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she recently  completed her PhD. She critically examined the concept of "wastelands" as it relates to India's biofuel programme through an interdisciplinary industrial and political ecology framework. She earned an MA in Public Policy from UC, Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an economic consultant in Washington, DC examining the impacts of electricity market deregulation in the US.

Dr Ryan Centner joins the Department of Geography and Environment (from Tufts)

Dr Centner is an urban and development scholar. He was Assistant Professor at Tufts University, near Boston, during 2008-2013, where he lectured and advised in Sociology, International Relations, Urban & Environmental Planning, and Latin American Studies. Dr Centner is currently completing a book manuscript about neighbourhood redevelopment amidst IMF-inspired reforms in Buenos Aires, where he completed more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork. He has authored several articles and is engaged in ongoing projects that investigate urban social change, transformation of the built environment, and their connections to larger political struggles – from Latin America (especially Argentina and Brazil) to the Middle East and Southern Europe (especially Turkey). Dr Centner is active in the American Sociological Association and numerous scholarly groups related to global urban studies. He was one of the co-founders of the Transnational Studies Working Group at Tufts University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Berkeley in 2008.

Dr Ben Groom joined the Department of Geography and Environment (from SOAS)

Dr Groom joined LSE from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he was a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He specialises in environmental and development economics and applied econometrics. His research interests include intergenerational equity and social discounting for long time horizons. He also researches the impact of agricultural technology in developing countries, and the economics of payments for ecosystem services. Dr Groom earned his PhD in Economics at University College London (UCL) and has since advised the governments of the UK, USA, China, Pakistan, Norway and Namibia on various aspects of economic, environmental and development policy.

Professor J. Vernon Henderson to join Department of Geography and Environment (from Brown)

Professor Henderson will join LSE as a School Professor from Brown University, where he is the Eastman Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Urban Studies, having joined the university in 1974. He has conducted research on aspects of urbanisation and local government finance and regulation in the USA, Canada, India, China, Korea and Indonesia. He is currently undertaking research on rural-urban migration and population location, systems of cities, urban productivity and transportation infrastructure investment in China and Sub-Saharan Africa. He gained his PhD at the University of Chicago.

Dr Neil Lee joins Department of Geography and Environment (from Work Foundation)

Dr Neil Lee is currently Head of the Socio-Economic Centre at The Work Foundation, one of the UK's leading think tanks. His research interests include labour markets, innovation and cities. He has published widely on issues around innovation and inequality. He has also published on unemployment in the recession and the role of the creative industries in economic growth. He runs three major research projects for The Work Foundation: the Missing Million on the challenge of youth unemployment; Cities 2020, which investigates how cities can drive economic growth in the changing economy; and the Bottom Ten Million research programme, which focuses on in-work poverty and the geography of unemployment. He has a PhD in Economic Geography and Spatial Economics and MSc’s in Local Economic Development and Quantitative Research from LSE.

Dr Romola Sanyal to join Department of Geography and Environment (from University College London)

Dr Sanyal currently works in the Development Planning Unit at UCL. She has previously taught at Rice University, Texas, and Newcastle University. She is interested in architecture, urban theory and issues of citizenship rights. She has written on the politics of space in refugee settlements in the global South with a particular focus on Lebanon and India. Dr Sanyal obtained her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Department of Government

Professor Catherine Boone to join Department of Government and Department of International Development (from UT, Austin)

Professor Boone is Professor of Government and Fellow of the Long Endowed Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas. She specialises in comparative politics with an emphasis on theories of political economy and economic development. She has conducted research on industrial, commercial and land tenure policies in West Africa and East Africa. Her current research focuses on territorial politics and rural property rights in contemporary Africa. She served as the President of the West Africa Research Association from 2005-2008. She received her PhD from MIT.

Dr Ryan Jablonski to join Department of Government (from UC, San Diego)

Dr Jablonski will join LSE from the University of California, San Diego. He specialises in the international political economy of development. His research examines how political incentives influence foreign aid distribution and effectiveness. Dr Jablonski uses field experiments to understand the effects of aid on voters. He has shown that electoral incentives play a role in shaping both the geography of aid and the success of donor efforts. He also conducts research on the effects of electoral violence and the role of transnational crime and piracy on economic development. Dr Jablonski has been a consultant for the World Bank and other organisations. His research has been published in World Politics ; British Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. He received his PhD and MA in political science from University of California, San Diego.

Dr Joseph Mazor joined Department of Government and Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (from Stanford)

Dr Mazor joined LSE from Stanford where he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Ethics in Society. Prior to that he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Human Values in Princeton. He is currently an LSE Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. His primary research interests lie in the intersection of normative political theory and economics, with a particular focus on questions of distributive justice. In his PhD dissertation, Dr Mazor examined the normative foundations of natural resource property rights and argued that justice requires a highly egalitarian distribution of natural resource wealth.  Dr Mazor received his PhD from Harvard in 2009. 

Professor David Soskice joined Department of Government (from Oxford)

Professor Soskice is LSE School Professor of Political Science and Economics in the Department of Government. After teaching macroeconomics at Oxford for many years, he moved to Berlin as Research Director and Professor at the WZB in Berlin from 1990 until 2007. Professor Soskice held a part-time Centennial Professorship at the European Institute from 2004-2007; from then to 2012 he divided his time between Nuffield College Oxford (as Research Professor of Comparative Political Economy) and Duke University (as Research Professor in Political Science). His main past work has been on Varieties of Capitalism with Peter Hall (Harvard); he is engaged in long-term research with Torben Iversen (Harvard) on the relation between capitalism and advanced democracies; with Wendy Carlin (UCL), he is publishing Macroeconomics and Financial Systems (OUP); and he is working with LSE School Professor Nicola Lacey on Anglo-American comparisons in crime, punishment, residential segregation and education to answer the question: Why are the truly disadvantaged American not British? He was president of the European Political Science Association 2011-2013, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in July of this year.

Dr Laura Valentini to join Department of Government (from University College London)

Dr Valentini will join LSE from University College London where she is a Lecturer in Political Philosophy. Prior to joining UCL, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Queen’s College, Oxford, and a Postdoc at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Dr Valentini's research focuses on international normative theory, methodology in normative theorising, and democratic theory. She has recently completed a book, Justice in a Globalized World, in which she develops an account of global justice steering a middle course between statism and cosmopolitanism. She has published a number of articles on international justice, international authority, human rights, and ‘ideal vs. non-ideal theory’. She is currently investigating the relationship between justice and democracy at both the domestic and the global level and the conditions under which breaking the law is just (from civil disobedience to violent revolution). She obtained her PhD from UCL.

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Department of International Development

Professor Catherine Boone to join Department of Government and Department of International Development (from UT, Austin)

Professor Boone is Professor of Government and Fellow of the Long Endowed Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas. She specialises in comparative politics with an emphasis on theories of political economy and economic development. She has conducted research on industrial, commercial and land tenure policies in West Africa and East Africa. Her current research focuses on territorial politics and rural property rights in contemporary Africa. She served as the President of the West Africa Research Association from 2005-2008. She received her PhD from MIT.

Dr Mahvish Shami joined Department of International Development (LSE)

Dr Shami has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and worked as an External Consultant for the World Bank. She joined LSE as a PhD student in 2006, became a Research Fellow in 2011, and a Lecturer from September 2013. After completing her PhD she spent a year doing Post-Doctoral research at the Institute of Food and Resource Economics at Copenhagen University. Dr Shami’s research interests cover clientelism, interlinked markets, collective action, spatial inequality and political economy of development. Her current research builds on her doctoral thesis by exploring the types of collective action projects peasants undertake in villages with varying levels of connectivity.

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Department of International History

Professor Marc Baer to join Department of International History (from UC, Irvine)

Professor Baer is currently Professor of History at University of California, Irvine. His areas of interest include European and Middle Eastern, Islamic and Jewish history, from the early modern era to the present. His work reveals the connected histories of Christians, Jews, and Muslims by focusing on religious converts, which changes the way we think about religious, cultural, and national boundaries. He has published Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe as well as The Donme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries and Secular Turks. He obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Professor Matthew Jones to join Department of International History (from Nottingham)

Professor Jones is Professor of Modern History at Nottingham. He is currently writing the official history of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent and the Chevaline programme, under the auspices of the Cabinet Office. His interests include the Cold War and Anglo-American relations. His research interests also include nuclear weapons and history, the Vietnam War, British foreign and defence policy since 1939, US foreign and defence policy since 1941 and Britain and South East Asia.

Professor Sönke Neitzel joined the Department of International History (from Glasgow)

Professor Neitzel joined LSE from the University of Glasgow.  He specialises in the history of international relations, and the history of war, especially the First and Second World Wars. His latest book Soldaten is published in 19 languages. Professor Neitzel has written about the taping of German PoWs, imperialism, the German Empire, and both World Wars.  He earned his PhD at the University of Mainz.

Dr Gagan Sood to join the Department of International History (from Yale)

Dr Sood is currently a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in the History Department at Yale. He was previously the Vasco da Gama Chair Research Fellow at the European University Institute and a member of its Department of History and Civilization. His present work forms part of a larger agenda that seeks to recapture the ties which bound together much of what we know today as the Middle East and South Asia before the nineteenth century. In so doing, it aims to shed light on major but now obscured facets of this region’s past both in the context of the early modern world and of its differentiated transitions into modern times. Dr Sood obtained his PhD in history from Yale.

Professor Vladislav Zubok joined Department of International History (from Temple University, Philadelphia)

Professor Zubok joins LSE from Temple University, Philadelphia where he was Professor of History. His research interests are the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. His most recent books were A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev and Zhivago’s Children: the Last Russian Intelligentsia. Professor Zubok is currently completing a book Saving Russian Patriotism on life and works of a prominent St. Petersburg intellectual Dmitry S. Likhachev, and started a new project “1991: ‘Russia’ destroys the Soviet Union”, a study of Soviet collapse within the context of globalisation, economics, and nationalism.

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Department of International Relations

Dr Tarak Barkawi joins Department of International Relations (from New School, NY)

Dr Barkawi joins LSE from the New School for Social Research in New York where he was Associate Professor of Politics. He specialises in the study of war, armed forces and society with a focus on conflict between the West and the global South. He has written on colonial armies, "small wars" and imperial warfare, the Cold War in the Third World, and on counterinsurgency and the War on Terror. More generally, he is interested in the place of armed force in histories and theories of globalisation, modernisation and imperialism. Dr Barkawi earned his PhD at the University of Minnesota and holds an MSc in International Relations from LSE. 

Professor William Callahan joined Department of International Relations (from Manchester)

Professor Callahan was Professor in International Politics and Chinese Studies at Manchester. His research and teaching focus on the international politics of East Asia, including Chinese foreign policy. He is author of China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future. He is also author of China: The Pessoptimist Nation; Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations and Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia. Before Manchester, he taught at Durham University and his visiting fellowships include being a British Academy fellow at Harvard University, Resident Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC , and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, Singapore.

Dr Tomila Lankina joined Department of International Relations (from De Montfort)

Dr Lankina joined LSE from De Montfort University in Leicester. Prior to that she held research positions and fellowships at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the World Resources Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and at Stanford University. She specialises in the domestic and foreign policies of Russia and Eurasia, the legacies of colonialism and empire, democratisation, regionalism, and federalism.  She has written on a wide range of issues, including historical influences on sub-national democracy in India and Russia, EU influences on sub-national governance, and the dynamics of political protest in post-communist settings. Dr Lankina earned her D.Phil. in politics from Balliol and St Antony’s Colleges at the University of Oxford.

Dr Covadonga Meseguer to join Department of International Relations (from CIDE, Mexico)

Dr Meseguer is currently Associate Professor in the International Studies Department at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). Her research interests cover international political economy, comparative political economy, political economy of international migration, Latin American political economy and methodology. She has written extensively on policy diffusion and migration. She obtained her PhD in Political Science from the Juan March Institute.

Dr James Morrison to join Department of International Relations (from Middlebury College)

Dr Morrison joins LSE from Middlebury College, where he has been Assistant Professor of Political Science. He specialises in international relations and political theory and is particularly interested in international political economy and the history of political and economic ideas. Having previously trained as an historian, he infuses his study of political and economic institutions with an historical perspective. He has a PhD and master’s from Stanford.

Professor Iver Neumann joined Department of International Relations (from Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)

Professor Neumann joined LSE from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.  He is the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations. He specialises in International Relations theory, global governance, the historical sociology of the Eurasian steppe, and diplomacy. Professor Neumann has written about Russia, the future of international relations and diplomacy. He earned his D.Phil from Oxford University and holds a PhD in social anthropology from Oslo University.

Professor Peter Trubowitz to join Department of International Relations (from UT, Austin)

Professor Trubowitz will join LSE from the University of Texas at Austin where he is Professor of Government. He specialises in international relations and US foreign policy. His current research focuses on American grand strategy and Sino-American relations. Professor Trubowitz has held research and teaching positions at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, University of California at San Diego, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Universidad de Chile, and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.  He is the author of Politics and Strategy and Defining the National Interest, which was awarded the J. David Greenstone Book Prize from the American Political Science Association. Professor Trubowitz recently served on the American Political Science Association’s Task Force on US standing in the World: Causes, Consequences, and the Future.

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Department of Law

Mr Michael Blackwell to join Department of Law (from LSE)

Michael Blackwell is a non-practising solicitor and ESRC PhD student in LSE’s Methodology Department, where he has taught applied statistics. He has also taught in the Department of Law. He will join the Department of Law as an Assistant Professor of tax law. His research interests include revenue law, judicial diversity and the impact of non-legal factors on judicial decision-making in the higher courts. Prior to commencing his PhD Michael practised tax law at Linklaters, the global law firm.

Professor Jeremy Horder to join Department of Law (from King’s College London)

Professor Horder is currently Edmund-Davies Professor of Criminal Law at King’s College London. Prior to KCL, after taking degrees at Hull and Oxford, Professor Horder was a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, and Porjes Trust Law Tutor at Worcester College, Oxford. He was also a Law Commissioner for England and Wales. He chaired the Faculty of Law at Oxford from 1998-2010. At the Law Commission he led law reform projects resulting in, amongst other things, recommendations that led to changes in the law of inchoate offences through the Serious Crime Act 2007, changes to the law of murder in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, and to a new statutory basis for the law of bribery effected by the Bribery Act 2010. His research interests include the philosophical foundations of the criminal law, law reform, the law of homicide, bribery and corruption. His most recent book is Homicide and the Politics of Law Reform.

Dr Devika Hovell joined Department of Law (from Birmingham)

Dr Hovell joined the Department of Law from the University of Birmingham. Her research interests include the United Nations, the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international dispute resolution and the relationship between international law and domestic law. She has written on the relationship between international and domestic law with focus on Australia and South Africa and her doctorate examined procedural fairness in Security Council decision-making on sanctions. Dr Hovell holds a Master’s from New York University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. She served as an Associate to Justice Kenneth Hayne at the High Court of Australia, and as judicial clerk at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Professor Nicola Lacey will join Department of Law (from All Souls College, Oxford)

Professor Nicola Lacey will join the Department of Law from All Souls College, Oxford where she holds a Senior Research Fellowship and will also be attached to the Gender Institute and the Department of Social Policy. She has been awarded an LSE School Professorship. Professor Lacey moved to Oxford in October 2010, having held a chair in Criminal Law and Legal Theory at LSE since 1998. Professor Lacey's research is in criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular focus on comparative and historical scholarship. She is currently working on the development of ideas of criminal responsibility in England since the 18th Century, and the implications of that history for legal theory; and on the comparative political economy of crime and punishment. Her most recent project, with School Professor David Soskice, analyses ‘American Exceptionalism’ in crime, punishment and political economy. Professor Lacey is a Fellow of the British Academy and was winner of the Swiney Prize in 2004 and the Hans Sigrist Prize in 2011. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard, New York University, Yale, the Australian National University and the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin. 

Professor Michael Lobban to join Department of Law (from Queen Mary, London)

Professor Lobban will join LSE from Queen Mary, where he has been since 2001. After finishing his doctorate at Cambridge, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John's College, Oxford, before taking up posts in the departments of Law at Durham and Brunel. Professor Lobban's research interests lie in the field of English legal history and the history of jurisprudence. He is the author of The Common law and English Jurisprudence, 1760-1850; White Man’s Justice: South African Political Trials in the Black Consciousness Era and A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World, 1600-1900. He is also one of the authors of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, vols XI-XIII, in which he covered the history of contract law, tort and commercial law in the period 1820-1914. He is one of the editors of Studies in Legal History, the book series of the American Society for Legal History, and is a Council member of the Selden Society.

Ms Sarah Paterson joined the Department of Law (from Slaughter and May)

Ms Paterson joined LSE from Slaughter and May in London, where she has been a Partner since 2002. Ms Paterson practised corporate recovery, insolvency and finance, advising on many high profile domestic and international transactions. Ms Paterson will retain a consultancy with Slaughter and May. Her research interests are in the areas of corporate recovery and insolvency and trusts. In 2011 she co-authored Debt Restructuring.

Dr Meredith Rossner to join Department of Law (from Western Sydney)

Dr Rossner was a Research Fellow at the Justice Research Group at the University of Western Sydney from 2009-2013. Her  research interests include restorative justice, criminal justice interactions and rituals, criminology theory, and the sociology of emotions. She is currently involved in research on the dynamics of jury deliberations, the role of technology and architecture in the courtroom, and emotions of restorative justice.  Dr Rossner obtained her PhD from the University of Pennyslvania in 2008.

Mr Joseph Spooner to join Department of Law (from University College London)

Mr Spooner joined the Law Faculty at UCL in 2010. His research examines the extent to which personal insolvency laws in England and Wales and a number of other European jurisdictions have developed to respond to new conditions of household indebtedness in the modern consumer credit society. Mr Spooner undertook graduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated from the BCL degree. Before joining the Faculty he held the position of Principal Legal Researcher on the Law Reform Commission of Ireland‘s Consultation Paper (September 2009), Interim Report (May 2010) and final Report (December 2010) on Personal Debt Management and Debt Enforcement.

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Department of Management

Dr Uta Bindl joins Department of Management (from Western Australia)

Dr Bindl is currently Assistant Professor in the Business School at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests lie in understanding how organisations can promote positive behaviours at work. She is particularly interested in employee proactivity, a type of work performance characterised by anticipation, change-orientation, and self-initiative. Her research also involves understanding how affective well-being, particularly moods and emotions, impacts work outcomes. She obtained her PhD at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield.

Dr Heather Kappes joined Department of Management (from NYU)

Dr Kappes joined LSE after earning a PhD in Social Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on phenomena related to motivation and goal pursuit and she is particularly interested in examining when individual and group self-regulatory strategies are used. In particular she looks at how these strategies affect goal-striving behaviour, decision-making, physiology, and emotions. She integrates work from decision-making, consumer behaviour, organisational behaviour, and psychology, and uses a variety of methodological approaches, measuring decisions, goal-striving behaviour, emotions, implicit cognition, and physiology. 

Dr Jone Pearce joined the Department of Management (from UC, Irvine)

Dr Pearce joined LSE while continuing in her post at the University of California, Irvine, where she is Dean's Professor of Leadership and Director of the Centre for Global Leadership. She specialises in organisational behaviour, and studies trust. In particular, Dr Pearce studies which structures and policies produce and support trust, how trust is built interpersonally and how interpersonal trust affects trust in larger institutional structures. She has published research on volunteers, merit pay, international cultural differences, status, the effects of governments on management practices, and management education. Dr Pearce earned her PhD from Yale University.

Dr Lourdes Sosa to join Department of Management (from London Business School)

Dr Sosa is currently Assistant Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. She researches technology strategy and innovation management. In particular, technological discontinuities also known as 'creative destruction', a pervasive phenomenon in which a radical change in technologies disrupts a market. Dr Sosa obtained her PhD from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Dr Chia-Huei Wu to join Department of Management (from Western Australia)

Dr Wu has recently completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia. His research interests cover psychology and management and organisations. He has written on global leadership and pro-activity in the workplace.

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Department of Mathematics

Dr Christoph Czichowsky joins Department of Mathematics (from Vienna)

Dr Christoph Czichowsky joins the Department of Mathematics from the University of Vienna. He obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2011. His research focuses on financial mathematics and its connections with stochastic analysis and optimal control. In particular, he has been working on portfolio choice, markets with transaction costs and problems in stochastic analysis related to this. 

Dr Andrew Lewis to join Department of Mathematics (from Leeds)

Dr Lewis is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Leeds. He specialises in pure mathematics and works in logic, discrete mathematics and game theory. He has worked extensively in computability theory. This is the study of relative computability according to the model described by Turing and others in the 1930s.  The principal focus of this work has been the theory of the Turing degrees, but he has also done work in surrounding areas such as strong reducibilities, related structures such as the Medvedev and Muchnik lattices, algorithmic randomness, computable structures, and so on. More recently he has been branching into algorithmic game theory and the analysis of networks and morphogenic processes described by agent based models.

Dr Ron Peretz joined Department of Mathematics (from Tel Aviv)

Dr Peretz joined LSE from Tel Aviv University, Israel where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow. He specialises in game theory, repeated games with bounded memory, and entropy methods in game theory. He has written on learning cycle length through finite automata, the strategic value of recall, and correlation through bounded recall strategies. Dr Peretz earned his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Department of Media and Communications

Professor Nick Couldry to join Department of Media and Communications (from Goldsmiths)

Professor Couldry has been Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths since 2006. He taught at LSE in the Sociology and Media Departments between 2001 and 2006. His research interests are media power, social theory, community media, ethics of media, and voice. He is the author or editor of 11 books, most recently Ethics of Media; Media Society World and Why Voice Matters. At Goldsmiths he led the Storycircle project within the FIRM Consortium, which researched digital platforms and narrative exchange in the context of the MediaCityUK development in Salford. He obtained his PhD from Goldsmiths and his BA/MA from Oxford University.

Dr Wendy Willems joined Department of Media and Communications (from University of the Witwatersrand)

Dr Willems joined LSE from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and remains affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand as an Honorary Research Fellow. She is co-founder of the Journal of African Media Studies. Dr Willems' research focuses onthe role that different forms of media and popular culture play in consolidating power and enabling resistance and social change. The three principal strands of her work are: critical approaches to media, communication and development; new media and social change; popular culture, performance and politics in Africa. She holds a PhD in Media and Film Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.  

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Department of Methodology

Dr Alasdair Jones joined Department of Methodology (from UC, Berkeley)

Dr Jones graduated with a first class degree (with distinction) in Geography from Cambridge in 2002 before being awarded an ESRC studentship. These studies comprised an MPhil in Sociology from Cambridge (awarded with distinction) and a PhD from the Cities Programme at LSE. Dr Jones's research interests are in the relationship between built form in cities and social practices, and his research to date has centred on public space, public transport and the ways that citizenship is experienced in urban settings. Prior to commencing his lectureship at LSE’s Department of Methodology, Dr Jones worked in research positions at the University of Hertfordshire, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Society for the Arts. He also spent a year working as a Visiting Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales, and recently completed a 2012-13 US-UK Fulbright Commission ‘all-disciplines scholarship’ at the Center for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley.

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Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Dr Joseph Mazor joined Department of Government and Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (from Stanford)

Dr Mazor joined LSE from Stanford where he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Ethics in Society. Prior to that he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Human Values in Princeton. He is currently an LSE Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. His primary research interests lie in the intersection of normative political theory and economics, with a particular focus on questions of distributive justice. In his PhD dissertation, Dr Mazor examined the normative foundations of natural resource property rights and argued that justice requires a highly egalitarian distribution of natural resource wealth.  Dr Mazor received his PhD from Harvard in 2009. 

Professor Michael Otsuka to join Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (from University College London)

Professor Otsuka joins from University College London, where he is currently Professor of Philosophy. His research involves prioritarianism, egalitarianism, the separateness of persons; the morality of imposing risks, harming, and saving from harm; left-libertarianism; personal identity, free will and moral responsibility. Professor Otsuka studied Philosophy at Oxford University, and Political Science at Yale University. 

Dr Bryan Roberts to join Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (from Southern California)

Dr Roberts is a philosopher of science specialising in the history and philosophy of physics. He received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, and currently holds a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is involved in a number of initiatives, including the international online preprint repository PhilSci-Archive, and is now writing a book about time reversal in fundamental physics. 

Dr Gabriel Wollner joined Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (from Bayreuth)

Dr Gabriel Wollner is a Lecturer in Philosophy at LSE, having joined from the University of Bayreuth. His research interests are in political philosophy, moral philosophy, international political theory and public policy. Dr Wollner’s most recent publications include "Justice in Finance: The Normative Case for an International Financial Transaction Tax” forthcoming in The Journal of Political Philosophy and “Egalitarianism, Numbers and the Dreaded Conclusion” published in Ethical Perspectives.

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Department of Social Policy

Professor Emily Grundy will join Department of Social Policy (from Cambridge)

Professor Grundy will join LSE from the University of Cambridge where she is currently Professor of Demography. Prior to that, she was a Reader then Professor of Demographic Gerontology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research is focused on the social support and intergenerational relationships of older people and on trends and differentials in later life health, disability and mortality. She has a particular interest in associations between family trajectories and health and disability at older ages. Professor Grundy has a European Research Council Advanced award which will enable her to pursue research in this area, and is Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Pathways node which is investigating biosocial influences on health. She obtained her PhD from the University of London.

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt joined Department of Social Policy (from King's College London)

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt is Lecturer in Social Policy and Development in the Department of Social Policy. His research focuses on NGO development in authoritarian polities, the links between activism and social entrepreneurship and the political economy of social exclusion. He also researches emerging LGBT rights and activism in the non-Western world, and the changing state–society relationship in China. Dr Hildebrandt is the author of Social Organizations and the Authoritarian State in China and his research has appeared in numerous journals including The China Quarterly ; Journal of Contemporary China; Review of International Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis. Previously he was Lecturer in Chinese Politics at King's College London (KCL), taught in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC) and was a fellow in the US–China Institute at USC, as well as the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Professor Mikko Myrskylä to join Department of Social Policy (from Max Planck Institute)

Professor Myrskylä will join LSE from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His research interests are in population health, fertility, and forecasting. Professor Myrskylä obtained his PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in Statistics from the University of Helsinki. Professor Myrskylä holds a European Research Council Starting Grant to study the health consequences of fertility postponement.

Professor Lucinda Platt to join Department of Social Policy (from London, Institute of Education)

Professor Platt will join LSE from the Institute of Education, London, where she is currently Professor of Sociology and Director and Principal Investigator of the Millennium Cohort Study. Her main research interests are in child poverty, ethnic minority social mobility, pay and poverty, minority identity, religion, and immigration. A quantitative sociologist by training, she employs a wide range of UK and comparative data sets to study these issues, and is particularly interested in addressing the dynamics of inequality using large-scale longitudinal studies. Professor Platt is also a co-Investigator for Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, for which she leads on the ethnicity strand.

Dr Amanda Sheely to join Department of Social Policy (from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Dr Sheely is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include welfare reform implementation, devolution and service provision, the effects of welfare reform on poor families, and the determinants of poverty audits effects on families. Dr Sheely obtained her PhD from the University of California.

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Department of Social Psychology

Dr Frederic Basso joins Department of Social Psychology (from Rennes 1)

Dr Basso joins LSE from the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rennes 1 where he is Associate Professor. His research interests cover embodied, situated and grounded cognition in consumer and organisational behaviour. He was a fellow of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and took the Agrégation in Economics and Management. He obtained his PhD in consumer psychology from the University of Rennes 1.

Dr Ilka Gleibs joined Department of Social Psychology (from Surrey)

Dr Gleibs joined LSE from the University of Surrey, where she was a Lecturer in Experimental Social Psychology. Prior to this she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Exeter. She specialises in social identity change. Dr Gleibs studies how social identity can be affected by broader social phenomena, life changes and different contexts. Her research has covered the effect of mergers on group identities, how social identity can affect wellbeing in different circumstances (e.g. moving in elderly care) and the impact multiple social identities can have on wellbeing and academic performance. Dr Gleibs earned her PhD from University of Jena and an MSc in Psychology at the Free University of Berlin.

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Department of Sociology

Dr David Madden joined Department of Sociology (from NYU)

Dr Madden earned his PhD at Columbia University. He has previously held positions as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College and as a Fellow conducting research at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He specializes in urban studies, social theory and political sociology, and has written about urban development, urban theory, housing and public space. He now teaches in the Cities Programme at LSE.

Dr Michael McQuarrie joined Department of Sociology (from UC, Davis)

Dr McQuarrie was Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department of the University of California, Davis. His research interests cover urban sociology, political sociology, and organisations. He obtained his PhD from NYU.

Professor Mike Savage joined Department of Sociology (from York)

Professor Savage joined LSE from York, where he was interim Head of Department. He was previously Head of Department at Manchester for 15 years, and founding Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. His research interests cover social stratification and inequality, and his books include Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method; Urban Sociology, Capitalism and Modernity; Culture, Class, Distinction; and Globalisation and Belonging. He recently worked with the BBC on their Great British Class Survey, which led to the largest ever survey of class conducted in the UK, with 161,000 responses to a web survey. Professor Savage has been a senior Fulbright Scholar at Chapel Hill and visiting Professor at Sciences-Po in France, and at Bergen in Norway.

Professor Richard Sennett joined Department of Sociology (from NYU)

Professor Sennett has a long association with LSE and its Department of Sociology, and recently became a Professor in LSE Cities. He will continue to teach sociology at New York University. Professor Sennett explores how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts - about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. He is author of The Uses of Disorder, The Hidden Injuries of Class (written with Jonathan Cobb); The Fall of Public Man and Authority. He is also a novelist. In the mid 1990s, as the work-world of modern capitalism began to alter quickly and radically, Professor Sennett began a project charting its personal consequences for workers, a project which has carried him up to the present day. The first of these studies, The Corrosion of Character, is an ethnographic account of how middle-level employees make sense of the “new economy.” The second in the series, Respect in a World of Inequality, charts the effects of new ways of working on the welfare state; a third, The Culture of the New Capitalism, provides an over-view of change. Most recently, Professor Sennett has explored more positive aspects of labour in The Craftsman, and in Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation.

Professor Charis Thompson joined Department of Sociology (from UC, Berkeley)

Professor Thompson joined LSE from UC, Berkeley where she was Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and the former Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Center. Before moving to Berkeley, she was in the History of Science Department at Harvard. She is the author of Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies, which won the 2007 Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Study of Science, and of Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research. She is currently writing a book entitled Inattention: Dangers and Deficits of Attention from the Cold War to the Present. She is a recipient of UC, Berkeley's Social Science Distinguished Teaching Award. She received her PhD from the Sociology (Science Studies) program at UC San Diego, and her BA in Philosophy, Psychology, and Physiology at Oxford University. 

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Department of Statistics

Dr Beatrice Acciaio to join Department of Statistics (from Perugia)

Dr Acciaio is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Finance and Statistics at the University of Perugia and part of the Mathematical Finance Group at Vienna University. She specialises in the mathematical methods underpinning economic and financial research and obtained her PhD at Perugia.

Professor Luciano Campi joins Department of Statistics (from LAGA, University Paris 13)

Professor Campi is Professor of Applied Mathematics at LAGA, University Paris 13, and before Paris 13 was Assistant Professor at University Paris Dauphine. His research interests are stochastic calculus, market frictions, information asymmetry, credit risk and energy markets. He is co-organiser of the Bachelier Seminar and of the Probability and Statistics Seminar of Paris 13. He has two PhDs, one from University Paris 6 and one from the University of Padua.

Professor Fiona Steele to join Department of Statistics (from Bristol)

Professor Steele will join LSE from Bristol where she has been Professor of Social Statistics since 2008. Her research interests cover all areas of social statistics, with particular expertise in the development and application of multilevel modelling, longitudinal data analysis, and simultaneous and structural equation modelling. This methodological research is motivated by social science problems, particularly in the field of demography. Previous research includes: reproductive and child health in developing countries, union formation and dissolution, residential mobility, the impact of school resources on pupil attainment, and reciprocal parent-child and sibling effects. Professor Steele has also been a Research Lecturer in Statistics at the Institute of Education, and a Lecturer in Statistics at LSE. She received her PhD from the University of Southampton.

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Centennial Professors

Professor Keith Hart (Pretoria) honoured with a Centennial Professorship (affiliated to Department of International Development and Department of Anthropology)

Professor Hart co-directs research in the Human Economy programme at the University of Pretoria and is Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Goldsmiths. He has taught at a dozen universities on both sides of the Atlantic, for the longest time at Cambridge, where he was Director of the African Studies Centre. He contributed the idea of an informal economy to Development Studies and has written extensively on money. He has also worked as a journalist, publisher, consultant and gambler. His recent books include Market and Society: The Great Transformation today and The Human Economy: A Citizen’s Guide, both co-edited volumes. He wrote Economic Anthropology with Chris Hann. He received his PhD from Cambridge.

Professor Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki) honoured with a Centennial Professorship (affiliated to Department of Law)

Professor Koskenniemi is currently Academy Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki, and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. A former diplomat, he has written widely on international law. His books include: From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Argument and The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960.  He has been a judge at the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank and a member of the International Law Commission (UN).  He is a member of the Instituit de Droit International. He obtained his PhD from the University of Turku.

Professor Adam Kuper (Boston) honoured with a Centennial Professorship (affiliated to Department of Anthropology)

Professor Kuper is a Visiting Professor at the University of Boston. A specialist on the ethnography of Southern Africa, he has written widely on the history and theory of anthropology and is the author of many books. Professor Kuper’s most recent books are Incest and Influence: The Private Life of Bourgeois England and The Reinvention of Primitive Society. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge.

Professor Bruno Latour (Sciences Po) honoured with a Centennial Professorship (affiliated to the Department of Sociology)

Professor Latour is currently at Sciences Po. After field studies in Africa and California he specialised in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work. In addition to work in philosophy, history, sociology and the anthropology of science, he has collaborated in many studies in science policy and research management. Professor Latour’s recent books include An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (2013); Cogitamus: Six Letters (2010) and On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (2009).

Professor Carlota Perez (Cambridge/Tallinn) honoured with a Centennial Professorship (affiliated to Department of International Development)

Professor Perez specialises in technical change and its impact on development. She currently holds a number of positions: Research Affiliate at CFAP/CERF, Cambridge Finance, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; Professor of Technology and Development at the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. She is also Honorary Professor at SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex. She is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE. She has worked as a consultant for public and private organisations in several countries and for the European Union, the OECD, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other international agencies.

Professor Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund) honoured with a Centennial Professorship (affiliated to Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method)

Professor Wlodek Rabinowicz is Professor of Practical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, University of Lund, Sweden. His areas of research are moral philosophy, value theory, decision theory, and philosophical logic. Professor Rabinowicz’s books include: Value and Choice – Some Common Themes in Decision Theory and Moral Philosophy and Patterns of Value – Essays on Formal Axiology and Value Analysis. He obtained his PhD from the University of Uppsala.

Professor Sidney Winter (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania) honoured with a BP Centennial Professorship (affiliated to Department of Management)

Professor Winter is currently Deloitte and Touche Professor Emeritus of Management at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests cover firm capabilities, technological change and competitive advantage. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the co-author of An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change and of the forthcoming book Innovation and the Evolution of Industries. Professor Winter obtained his PhD at Yale. 

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Honours

Professor Sir John Hills knighted for services to social policy

Professor Sir John Hills was knighted for services to social policy in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE. He chaired the government's independent review on fuel poverty, which will help target assistance at those who need it most, with a long-lasting impact through quality of life improvements for some of the most vulnerable in society. This followed his reviews of social housing and the pension system, both resulting in fundamental reforms for which he has been a notable advocate. 

Professor Sir David Metcalf knighted for services to UK migration policy

Professor Sir David Metcalf was knighted for services to UK migration policy in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He is an Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations at LSE and has been Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee since its formation in 2007. He has helped to ensure a balanced national debate on immigration issues and inspired the US and Australia to set up similar models. An expert in labour economics, he has made important contributions to the Low Pay Commission (he had a leading role in setting the initial rate for the minimum wage) and the Senior Salaries Review Body. He also works unpaid as a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides knighted for services to economics

Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides was knighted in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to economics. He is Professor of Economics at LSE and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also Regius Professor designate after LSE had a Regius Professorship in Economics bestowed upon it by The Queen to mark the Diamond Jubilee. His research interests focus on several topics of macroeconomics, notably labour, economic growth and economic policy. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010 for his highly influential work on search costs in labour markets. This highlighted the ways in which unemployment, job vacancies and wages are affected by regulation and economic policy and has influenced policy-making across the world. 

Professor Dame Judith Rees made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for services to higher education

Professor Dame Judith Rees was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for services to higher education in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours. She is Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and a former Director of LSE. Professor Rees has been at the forefront of research on environmental issues. She acts as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and has advised the World Bank and other multinational organisations. She is the first woman to be elected President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern became President of the British Academy

Lord Stern is Chair of the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE. He is also Chair of the Asia Research Centre and Director of the India Observatory. He was adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development from 2005-07, where he was Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006. He was Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-07; Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury from 2003-05; Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa for 2004-05; and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank from 2000-03.

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