Affiliated Faculty

Paul-Brian McInerney
Paul-Brian McInerney is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated in 2006 with a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. His interests include economic and organizational sociology, social movements, and social studies of technology. McInerney’s research examines how collective action shapes organizational fields, markets, and institutions. He has published articles and book chapters about the politics of open source software, institutional entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and social movement mobilization. His latest project examines values and valuation in farmers’ markets throughout Chicago. His first book, From Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market, appeared in 2014 from Stanford University Press.

Pamela Popielarz
Pamela Popielarz is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She coordinates the Work, Organizations, and Economy (WOE) concentration. You can find her profile here.

Antonio Paco Giuliani
Antonio Paco Giuliani is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Managerial Studies. His research interests lie in cultural and narrative investigations of startup processes. His research projects cover fine dining, creative industries and technology. He also serves as mentor and advisor for young startups in the Chicagoland area.

Michael D. Siciliano
Michael D. Siciliano is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He holds a Masters degree in Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  Michael’s current research connects network theory and complexity theory to ongoing problems in public policy and public administration.  He is particularly interested in the formation of social and professional networks within public organizations (primarily urban school systems) and the implications of these networks on individual and
organizational behavior and performance.  His work also examines the interorganizational networks that emerge in response to disaster events and the factors influencing non-profit collaboration in the human services sector.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Melissa Victoria Abad
Melissa Abad is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BA in Sociology from Northwestern University. Her research interests include migration to the US, new immigrant destiations, immigration organizations, and the intersection of race, class and gender. Her doctoral project analyzes the non-profit organizational field in a new immigrant destination. Distinct from most studies on immigrant organizations, this study focuses on the experience of staff within distinct organizational forms (private, government, and ethnic/ community based) to examine how racialized and gendered meanings associated with professional and client interact with the professional logics staff have been internalized.

Kirsten Andersen
Kirsten Andersen is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a fundraiser, Kirsten recognized the lack of scholarly research dedicated to the understanding of networks and relationships in the non-profit sector. This experience informs her interest in organizations, strategic action fields and innovation, as well as their practical implications for policy. Her current work includes exploring the role that grantmaking foundations play in producing social innovation, as well as the ways in which foundations coordinate approaches to effective grantmaking and negotiate their positions in relation to other actors in related non-profit fields.

Tünde Cserpes
Tünde Cserpes is a graduate student in Sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago and founding member of the Center on Organizational Dynamics. In 2013, she was a graduate visiting research scholar at Bielefeld University, Germany. She received her Master of Arts degrees in Communication and History from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She works in the fields of relational theory, social networks, historical research, urban and economic sociology. Her theoretical agenda is to analyze the conditions under which the structural position of brokerage becomes a market-making force and how this process is affected by spatiality. Her empirical research investigates this puzzle using various case studies ranging from historical research on the effects of brokering and spatial fragmentation on individual mobility and state centralization to analyses of contemporary markets formations such as the three-tier system of the beer industry and the emergence and global expansion dynamics of the pro bono service market.

Anna Colaner
Anna Colaner is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds an MA in Sociology from UIC and graduated with a BA in Sociology from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.  Her interests include economic sociology, organizational/market theories, and child and family policy. Colaner’s research uses sociological theories to frame policy issues, with particular attention to understanding the implications of market/organizational change and differentiation across sociodemographic groups.  Her dissertation uses mixed methods to examine how Illinois’ universal preschool plan — which expands the existing preschool market with state-funded educational options – affects families of varying income, race/ethnicity, and linguistic backgrounds. Other work similarly uses economic sociology and other organizational/market theories to offer a framework for understanding the theoretical and policy implications of heterogeneity in markets processes and organizational dynamics

Jerome M Hendricks
Jerome Hendricks is a PhD candidate in sociology at UIC. He holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from UIC, and a BA in History from Northeastern Illinois University. His research interests include the construction and negotiation of value, organizations, organizing, and field change. His current research explores the actions of intermediary firms in periods of rapid technological change. Utilizing the digital shift in the music retail industry, this research examines the survival of independent record stores in a market no longer dependent upon the physical products offered at brick-and-mortar retailers. Similar to his previous work, this research looks to understand the use of symbolic resources to influence the material outcomes of invested actors.

Carla Ilten
Carla Ilten is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include social movements, technology activism (open infrastructures, free software, civil society innovation), technology & ideology, organizational dynamics, economic sociology and critiques of neoliberalism. In her M.A. thesis, she analyzed the case of wireless community networks set up by the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. She used the Strategic Niche Management framework from quasi-evolutionary innovation theory and Constructive Technology Assessment to show that civil society actors such as non-profit organizations strategically work towards building sociotechnical niches around specific, sometimes radical socio-technical innovations. Most recently, she has been working on the use of web 2.0 media by activists for social change through a discourse analysis project on a microvolunteering platform. She is interested in the development of hybrid actors and sociotechnical configurations that materialize certain discourses and hide others.

Claire Smith
Claire Smith is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a Master of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Neuroscience and Sociology from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include economic sociology and the sociology of knowledge and culture. Her past research has focused primarily on social movements and culture. Currently, she is interested in markets, particularly pertaining to the wine, craft beer and spirits industries.

Ryan Alan Sporer
Ryan Alan Sporer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his MA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Sociology from Purdue. He has studied several social movements including the worker take over of factories in Argentina in 2001/2002 and anti-immigrant groups in the US. Currently, he is studying a social movement based out of New Mexico to build off-grid housing called Earthships. This dissertation project promises theoretical innovation by drawing on the broad philosophy of New Materialist thought (Barad, Bennett, Bogost, Bryant, Chen, Harman, Hayles, Morton, Whatmore). Taking inspiration from Science and Technology Studies (Callon, Latour, Law, Mol) New Materialism provides frameworks for thinking past binaries such as subject/object, nature/society, and realism/constructivism. To supplant these binaries the above authors provide concepts to navigate a flat ontological world. Through the physical engagement of building and interviews with builders and dwellers Ryan explores the political and moral implication of activism that is primarily focused on manipulating matter. Specifically, he develops the concept of politics of circumvention, defined as individuals and groups creating assemblages of human and non-human to make engagement with large-scale, centralized and for-profit assemblages less necessary, thus
bringing about social change.


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