September 26

Hayagreeva (Huggy) Rao and Madison Singell, Stanford University

Tell Me a Story: Emerging Organizations and the Stories they Become

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Hyagreeva (Huggy) Rao, Stanford University

Professor Rao studies collective action within organizations and in markets. His research and by implication, his teaching, revolves around scaling up mobilization, innovation, and talent in organizations. His most recent book, co-authored with Bob Sutton of the School of Engineering at Stanford, is Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less. The book is a Wall Street Journal Best seller and was included in the best business books to read in 2014 by Financial Times, Inc Magazine, Amazon, Forbes, Washington Post and the Library Journal. His research has been published in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. He is also the author of “Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovation”, Princeton University Press, 2009.

Professor Rao served as the Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and has been a member of the editorial boards of American Journal of Sociology and Organization Science and Academy of Management Review. He has been a Member of the Organizational Innovation and Change Panel of the National Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science, a Fellow of the Sociological Research Association and also a Fellow of the Academy of Management. His teaching specialties include leading organizational change, building customer focused cultures, and organization design. He teaches courses on these topics to MBA and executive audiences. He has consulted with, and conducted executive workshops for, organizations such as Aon Corporation, British Petroleum, CEMEX, General Electric, Hearst Corporation, IBM, Mass Mutual, James Hardie Company, Seyfarth and Shaw. Additionally, he also worked with nonprofit organizations such as the American Cancer Society and governmental organizations such as the FBI and CIA, and the intelligence community. Among the awards he has received are the Sidney Levy Teaching Award from the Kellogg School of Management, and the W. Richard Scott Distinguished Award for Scholarship from the American Sociological Association.

Madison Singell, Stanford University

Madison is a PhD student in Macro Organizational Behavior at Stanford GSB. She is particularly interested in using simulation and computational techniques to understand how culture develops, changes, and impacts the lives of individuals. Prior to graduate school, she received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard and spent several years working in consulting, technology, and people analytics research. In her free time, Madison enjoys hiking with her dog and coaching youth soccer. Recent publications: DeFilippis, Evan, Stephen Michael Impink, Madison Singell, Jeffrey T. Polzer, and Raffaella Sadun. 2020. Collaborating During Coronavirus: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Nature of Work. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, 27616.

October 3

Angela Aristadou, University College London

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Dr. Angela Aristidou joined UCL’s School of Management in 2020 as an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship (Lecturer/Research). She is currently a Stanford CASBS Fellow. Angela received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and masters from Harvard University. Angela has been Chair of the Research Advisory Board of the international Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (2020-2022), member to the UK NICE Guidelines Panel for the development of Artificial Intelligence standards in healthcare, Associate Editor to international conferences (AOM OCT; ICIS) and a guest AE to the journal Management Information Systems Quarterly.  

Angela’s work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and The Lancet. Other work has been published in high-profile handbooks. She enjoys disseminating her research insights through panels, roundtables and talks in academia and industry. Her research and opinion have recently been featured in The Times Higher Education.

Dr. Aristidou studies how multiple organizations across different sectors coordinate and innovate to address important societal challenges, with a focus on healthcare settings. She has a particular interest in examining the role of digital practices and digital tools, such as those powered by Artificial Intelligence.

Angela is currently leading an interdisciplinary research team of postdoctoral and doctoral researchers to examine these cross-sector innovations. This is a cross-country research program (USA, UK, Canada, and China). Angela’s research program is funded by UK Research Innovation through the research grant awarded to her (UKRI Future Leader Fellowship, 2020-2027; extended to 2028). Past research was funded by a Fulbright award, the NASA Biomedical Research Institute, the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR CLAHRC), an international grant by the Onassis Foundation, and a BT Fellowship.

October 17

Katherine Chen, The City University of New York (CUNY)

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Professor Katherine K. Chen’s research specialties cover organizational studies and economic sociology.  Her award-winning book, Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event, shows how an enabling organization can support members’ efforts without succumbing to either under-organizing’s insufficient structure and coordination or over-organizing’s excessive structure and coercive control.  Additional articles on prosumption, storytelling, and communification have appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector QuarterlyQualitative SociologyThe Sociological Quarterly, and other journals.  

To understand how organizations collectively innovate—or maintain the status quo—through relational work and advocacy, Chen is working on two parallel ethnographic projects.  One examines the coordination efforts among organizations that help older adults who prefer to “age in place” in their homes.  A 2019 Socio-Economic Review article based on this research shows how markets are supported by “bounded relationality” a process by which intermediary organizations train people to undertake consumer routines. Another project studies how a flagship microschool and its network of affiliates communicate innovative ways of organizing learning to multiple audiences.  This research focuses on how this network blends a seemingly unlikely mixture of practices from the democratic free school movement, decolonization and abolition efforts, and software project management to promote lifelong learning in communities.

Besides serving as a mentor to tenure-track faculty in CUNY’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP), Chen has focused on developing and supporting interdisciplinary communities that study organizations and markets, with a focus on participatory and liberatory practices that prefigure and expand future possibilities. With Victor Tan Chen, she co-edited a special issue that showcases cutting-edge research on democratic practices by presenters from SASE annual meetings between 2017 and 2019.  This Research in the Sociology of Organizations volume, titled “Organizational Imaginaries: Tempering Capitalism and Tending to Communities through Cooperatives and Collectivist Democracy,” was published in March 2021 and won the 2022 Joyce Rothschild Prize.  In addition, Chen has contributed to methodological discussions regarding research on organizations, including what we can learn from “extreme” cases and how to undertake organizational ethnography in her work as a regular contributor to orgtheory.net, a popular sociology blog, and its 2021 spin-off, the Markets, Power, and Culture blog.  

October 24

Åse Gornitzka, University of Oslo

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Åse Gornitzka is Pro-Rector of the University of Oslo for the period 2021-2025. She is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo and is affiliated with the ARENA Centre for European Studies. She has a doctorate from the University of Twente in the Netherlands (Faculty of Public Administration). She has worked as a researcher for the University of Twente, had posts as a visiting researcher at Michigan State University, Stanford and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.

As a researcher and tutor, she has specialized in public policy and administration at the EU and national levels. She has long experience of research on higher education and research policy, on public administration and organization of universities, and on the relationships between expertise, administration and policy. She has held a number of posts on boards, councils and committees at UiO and in the Research Council of Norway. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the journal Scandinavian Political Studies.

November 7

Kris Velasco, Princeton University

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Kristopher Velasco (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. His research lies at the intersections of global & transnational sociology, organizations, political sociology, culture, and sexuality. Kristopher’s research is driven by one overarching question: how do organizations and institutions facilitate social and cultural change?

Kristopher addresses this question at two scales. Globally, he investigates how transnational advocacy networks, NGOs, and international institutions facilitate the expansion of LGBTI rights around the world by changing cultural understandings of gender and sexuality. This line of research, and the backlash these processes invite, is the subject of Kristopher's current book project. Domestically, he examines the cultural dimensions of nonprofit organizations (e.g., language use, emotionality, etc.) and how these attributes influence wider society, especially when it comes to normalizing diverse sexual and gender identities.

Kristopher’s research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and International Studies Quarterly, among others. Additionally, Kristopher has received awards for his research from the American Sociological Association, American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, Academy of Management, and the Ford Foundation. Kristopher received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

November 14

May Farid, University of Hong Kong

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Dr. May Farid is a political scientist studying civil society, policy and development in contemporary China and beyond. She is currently conducting research on education policy in China as a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong and holds a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, where she explored reciprocal engagement between grassroots groups and governmental authorities and during which she carried out extensive fieldwork in rural China. Her academic research and teaching are supplemented by seven years of experience with an international foundation running an institutional capacity building program for grassroots NGOs in China. Before joining HKU, she concluded a four-year research project on behalf of China’s leading government policy think-tank.

Dr. Farid’s research centers on the interplay between citizen initiatives and state policy and practice, and the implications of this dynamic for development and governance. Ordinary citizens are increasingly taking individual and collective initiative to address development challenges. Citizens of authoritarian regimes—and many democracies—struggle to have a voice in development and policy. How do citizen initiatives impact state policy and practice? What social and political dynamics foster citizen engagement? She has explored these questions by studying how Chinese grassroots NGOs influence policy, how cross-sector knowledge communities generate knowledge that intersects with the policy process, education and development policy in China's ethnic minority regions, and how International NGOs intermediate China's overseas aid and investment and in its Belt and Road Initiative. Her work has been published in International Affairs, World Development, Studies in Comparative Development, Voluntas, and the Journal of Chinese Political Science.

November 28

Yuko Tarumi, Musashi University

Time and Location: 10:00-11:30AM, CERAS 123 and via Zoom

Yuko Nonoyama-Tarumi is a Professor in the Sociology Department at Musashi University in Tokyo. Her research examines patterns of educational inequality. In particular, she studies disparities in academic achievement by students’ socioeconomic status, family structure, and gender in Japan. Her research also draws on international large-scale assessments and household surveys to compare educational inequality across countries. Her work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and FamilyEconomics of Education ReviewChild DevelopmentInternational Journal of Educational Development, etc. During her visiting scholarship appointment at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, she will be working with Professor Sean Reardon to explore new methods of measuring educational inequality in Japan and cross-nationally.