Sociology and Social Anthropology

Sociology: culture, sociology and social anthropology; cultural globalization and the culture of globalization; globalization and neoliberal structures; transnational movements and globalization; social theory; theories of nationalism ideology, power and resistance; the construction and uses of ethnicity; social networks; economic sociology; migration; urban studies; regional development
Social Movements: Emergence and development of locally or transnationally situated social movements, the relationship of social movements to civil society
Network Science: is an area where ideas concerning behaviour and evolution of complex networks from natural sciences are applied to social phenomena and vice versa
Academic rank: 
Assistant Professor
Position: 
Doctoral Program Director
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group

Guntra Aistara is co-founder of the Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group, and previously directed the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Program at CENSE. Her PhD research focused on the development of organic agriculture movements in the culturally, ecologically, and politically diverse contexts of Latvia and Costa Rica. Her current research interests include small farmer strategies for resilience in the face of climate change and economic crisis, the intersection of permaculture principles and practices with traditional knowledge, and movements for seed sovereignty and environmental justice.

Academic rank: 
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

On leave 2014/15

PhD: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A.

Areas of Specialization: urban theory and history; modernity and capitalism historically and comparatively; uneven development; public space; political economy and culture of globalization; food and politics

Position: 
Associate Professor
Department of International Relations
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Conflict and Security Research Group (ConSec)

Erin K. Jenne is an associate professor at the International Relations and European Studies Department at Central European University in Budapest, where she teaches MA and PhD courses on qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnic conflict management, international relations theory, nationalism and civil war, and international security. Jenne received her PhD in political science from Stanford University with concentrations in comparative politics, international relations, conflict processes, and East European politics. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a MacArthur fellowship at Stanford University, a Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) fellowship at Harvard University, a Carnegie Corporation scholarship, and a Fernand Braudel fellowship at European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Her recent book, Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment (Cornell University Press, 2007) is the winner of Mershon Center’s Edgar S. Furniss Book Award in 2007 and was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. The book is based on her dissertation, which won the Seymour Martin Lipset Award for Best Comparativist Dissertation in 2001. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Civil Wars, and Ethnopolitics (forthcoming). She is an associate editor for Foreign Policy Analysis and has served in several capacities on the Emigration, Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section of the International Studies Association and the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Academic rank: 
Associate Professor
Position: 
Director, Center for Network Science
Department of Network and Data Science
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

On leave Winter & Spring 2015

PhD: Columbia University

Areas of Specialization: Post-socialist economic and social transformations; civil society organizations and technology; dynamics of political discourses.

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