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Fellows, researchers and visitors

Awol Allo

Dr Awol Allo is LSE Fellow in Human Rights at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Department of Sociology. He holds degrees from Addis Ababa University (LLB) and the University of Notre Dame (LLM, International Human Rights Law) and completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow.

Prior to joining LSE, Allo was Lecturer in Law at St. Mary’s University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the course of the last five years, Allo has taught human rights and other courses at Universities of Addis Ababa, Glasgow and Strathclyde.

Allo’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of critical legal theory, human rights, international law and constitutional theory. His doctoral research focused on the tension between the normative and the performative dimensions of law and argues that the normative in law is a metaphysical placeholder for the performative. He is currently co-editing a book with Professor Emilios Christodoulidis on the legal thought of Nelson Mandela. For more see his Centre for the Study of Human Rights staff page.

Contact: a.k.allo@lse.ac.uk  

Michael Gemperle

Michael joined the Department as a Visiting Fellow in August 2013. He is a post-doctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a term of three years.

During his stay at the Department of Sociology, Michael is working on the transformation of the nursing profession in the last four decades. The focus lies on the question, whether nurses’ value orientations have shifted over time and how this can be explained by changed social conditions. Dimensions are take into account such as the work environment, the educational career and qualification, the professional pathway, and the social origin. The project combines data collection by survey, qualitative interviews and archive work and comprises also secondary data analysis.

Michael’s PhD (2011) deals with the reception of Max Weber’s work in France. Michael was a visiting fellow at the Centre de Sociologie Européenne (EHESS/CNRS) from 2005 to 2007 and worked with Professor Franz Schultheis at the University of St. Gallen from 2007 to 2013. From 2010 up to July 2013, Michael coordinated the three-country project “In service of public goods” on the transformation of work in public services in the last two decades in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, under the direction of Franz Schultheis, Berthold Vogel (Hamburg) and Jörg Flecker (Vienna).

Contact: m.gemperle@lse.ac.uk

Daniel Laurison

Daniel Laurison joined the Department in June 2013 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded for three years out of Professor Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship.

Background and research interests:

I earned my PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. I am interested in questions of how class and other aspects of social position shape people's perceptions of the world around them, especially when those perceptions work to reproduce existing inequalities. My research thus far has examined the ways social position shapes both the production and perception of political content; I am also interested in classed differences in individuals’ relations to and judgments of fields of cultural production and sets of cultural objects beyond politics. My PhD thesis was “Packaging Democracy: How Campaign Professionals Reproduce Political Inequality.” I showed that the standards by which electoral specialists judge both campaigns and each other are shaped by the particular culture of elite American politics, rather than direct responses to potential voters' beliefs or desires. I have also written on American public opinion and political participation. At LSE I am collaborating on projects examining social and cultural inequalities in Britain.

Contact: d.r.laurison@lse.ac.uk

Nathalie Nuyts

Nathalie joined the Department in March 2015. She is appointed research assistant on the project ‘Care as Science: The Role of Animal Husbandry in Translational Medicine’, in collaboration with Dr. Carrie Friese.

Before joining LSE, Nathalie completed her PhD in Sociology at Ghent University. The research dealt with the informal social relations of academic and corporate scientists. The research focussed mainly on the relationships within research teams. Multiple antecedents (individual, dyadic, team and institutional level) of these relations were examined. Finally, the relative importance of the team relations compared to other contacts within the scientists’ social network was studied. The doctoral research is embedded in the fields of organizational sociology, organizational behaviour and management, and structural sociology.

Contact: n.nuyts@lse.ac.uk

Valérie Rolle

Valérie Rolle joined the Department of Sociology in April 2015 for 18 months as a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Alongside the development of atypical employment, artists are frequently cited as a new type of creative, mobile and self-motivated worker. Yet, their situation reflects shifts in labour markets since the 1970s, such as tendencies toward entrepreneurship, over-flexibility and self-commitment in an economy structured by networks. From this point of view, my study aims to document how the project-based organisation of work in various employment contexts (intermittent work, self-employment, salaried staff) has an impact on career paths through a cross professional comparison between actors and graphic designers.

This project broadens the scope of my previous research on school to work transitions among theatre graduates and on the tensions faced by street shop tattooists regarding their artistic inclinations and customers’ dependency. This earlier research resulted in two main publications entitled De l’école à la scène. Entrer dans le metier de comédien·ne (Editions Antipodes, Lausanne, 2014 with Olivier Moeschler) and L’art de tatouer (Editions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, 2013).

Contact: v.rolle@lse.ac.uk

Centennial Professors

Çağlar Keyder

Çağlar Keyder is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boğaziçi University and LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Sociology with LSE European Institute.

David Stark

David Stark is Centennial Professor at the LSE and the Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University.

Academic visitor guidelines

If you are interested in coming to the Department of Sociology as a Visiting Fellow, Visiting Senior Fellow or Visiting Professor, please see Academic visitor guidelines.


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