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.
Magne Flemmen joined the Department of Sociology in January 2016 for 6 months as a Visiting Fellow.
Background and research interests:
I earned my PhD from the University of Oslo in 2013 with the thesis "Class Analysis and Social Differentiation. An Approach to Contemporary Class Divisions". The thesis concerned how concepts and methods drawn from the work of Pierre Bourdieu could help tackle theoretical and empirical issues in class analysis. This involved exploring how the concept of forms of capital and the model of social space could help improve our understanding of how class relations are differentiated, but also questioning the adequacy of these concepts for providing a theoretical framework of class analysis. These arguments are developed in my The Structure of the Upper Class (Sociology, 2012), but particularly in The Politics of the Service Class (European Societies, 2014) and Putting Bourdieu to work for class analysis (British Journal of Sociology, 2013).
My current work develops these themes further by undertaking more empirical studies looking at the fruitfulness of a multidimensional conceptualization of class based on the forms of capital. This has spawned research on the structure of contemporary class politics and analyses of cultural class divisions in terms of lifestyles. I am also working on how a multidimensional concept of class can help elucidate contemporary patterns of upper class recruitment.
Miriam Glucksmann joined the Department as a Visiting Professor in October 2015 for three years. She is an LSE alumna and former Ginsberg Research Fellow in the Department, and currently a Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, where she worked since 1991.
Miriam has longstanding interests in work, employment and gender, especially restructuring, and connections between different forms of labour. Her first book was the classic Structuralist Analysis in Contemporary Social Thought (1974, 2014), followed by the acclaimed ethnography of female factory workers Women on the Line (1982, 2009). These were followed by other monographs on the history of gender, work, and time and in recent decades she has been centrally involved in the feminist rethinking of work, care and employment.
Miriam completed a research programme on ‘Transformations of Work’ as an ESRC Professorial Fellow in 2007, and was funded by the European Research Council (2010-2014) to research ‘Consumption Work and Societal Divisions of Labour’. Her most recent book (jointly written with Katy Wheeler) is Household Recycling and Consumption Work: social and moral economies (2015).
During her time here Miriam will writing up further research from this recent project on divisions of labour and the shifting boundaries between paid and unpaid work.
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.
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.
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).
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 is Centennial Professor at the LSE and the Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University.
Walter W. Powell is Professor of Education, Sociology, Business and Engineering, and faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and Centennial Professor of Sociology and the Marshall Institute at the LSE.
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