University in Exile Professor of Sociology
Albert and Vera List Academic Center
Robin Wagner-Pacifici is the University in Exile Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of a number of books, most recently What is an Event? (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and The Art of Surrender: Decomposing Sovereignty at Conflict’s End.
PhD 1983, University of Pennsylvania
What is an Event?, The University of Chicago Press, 2017
The Art of Surrender: Decomposing Sovereignty at Conflict’s End, The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
- Honorable Mention, 2006 Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, Best Book Award
- Author-Meets-Critics Session, American Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting
- Meet the Author Session, European Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting
Theorizing the Standoff: Contingency in Action, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- Winner, 2001 Culture Section of the American Sociological Association Best Book Award
Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia Versus MOVE. The University of Chicago Press, 1994.
The Moro Morality Play: Terrorism as Social Drama. The University of Chicago Press, 1986.
“Politics as a Vacation,” (co-authored with Iddo Tavory), solicited article for Special Issue of the American Journal of Cultural Sociology on the U.S. Presidential election of 2016, August 2017.
Co-Editor (co-authored with John Mohr and Ronald Breiger), Special Issue of Big Data and Society, “Conceiving the Social with Big Data: A Symposium of Social and Cultural Scientists,” Vol. 2 (2), December 2015 an Introductory Essay (co-authored with John Mohr and Ronald Breiger): “Ontologies, Methodologies and the New Uses of Big Data in the Social and Cultural Sciences.”
“Toward a Computational Hermeneutics” (co-authored with John Mohr and Ronald Breiger), Big Data and Society, “Conceiving the Social with Big Data: A Symposium of Social and Cultural Scientists,” Vol. 2(2), December, 2015.
“Graphing the Grammar of Motives in U.S. National Security Strategies: Cultural Interpretation, Automated Text Analysis and the Drama of Global Politics,” co-authored with John W. Mohr, Ronald L. Breiger, and Petko Bogdanov , special issue: “Topic Modeling and Text Analysis: New Possibilities Linking Computer Scientists with Researchers in the Humanities and the Social Sciences,” Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media, and the Arts, December 2013.
“The Resolution of Social Conflict,” co-authored with Meredith Hall, Annual Review of Sociology, Volume 38, 2012.
“Theorizing the Restlessness of Events,” American Journal of Sociology, Volume 115:5 March, 2010.
“When Futures Meet the Present,” invited response essay, Sociological Forum, Volume 24, Issue 3 September, 2009.
“The Innocuousness of State Lethality in an Age of National Security,” Special Issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, "Killing States: Lethal Decisions/Final Judgments." Edited by Austin Sarat and Jennifer Culbert, 107:3 Summer 2008.
Political sociology, analysis of historical events and interstitial moments in social and political, and military contexts, sociology of culture. Methodological approaches include political semiosis, discourse analysis, hermeneutics.
Contemporary Social Theory