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  • Robin Wagner-Pacifici

    University in Exile Professor of Sociology

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center

    Profile:

    *On sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year*

    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.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 1983, University of Pennsylvania

    Recent Publications:

    BOOKS:
    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.


    BOOK CHAPTERS:

     

    “Redefinire la memoria come evento: dai passati controversi agli “eventi inquieti,” in Sociologia della memoria: verso un’ecologia del passato, Eds. Anna Lisa Tota, Lia Luchetti, Trever Hagen, Carocci editore, 2018.


    JOURNAL ARTICLES:

    "Temporal Blind Spots in Occupy Philadelphia," (co-authored with E. Colin Ruggero) solicited article for Special Issue on “Time and Movement: Approaching Temporalities in Understanding Contention,” Social Movement Studies, May, 2018, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2018.1474096
     
    Capturing Distinctions While Mining Text Data: Toward Low-Tech Formalization of Text Analysis,” (co-authored with Ronald Breiger and John Mohr) solicited article for Special Issue of Poetics, “Formalizing Culture” co-edited by Achim Edelmann and John Mohr, 68 (2018) 104-119.
     
    Politics as a Vacation,” (co-authored with Iddo Tavory), solicited article for Special Issue on 2016 U.S. Presidential election, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, DOI 10.1057/s41290-017-0036-8, October 2017. Reprinted (Chapter 2) in Politics of Meaning/Meaning of Politics: Cultural Sociology of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Eds. Jason L. Mast and Jeffrey C. Alexander, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

    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.

    Research Interests:

    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.

    Current Courses:

    Independent Study

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