Fall 2021

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Codirector, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center; Faculty Associate. Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.
Frank Dobbin's evidence-based research on corporate diversity programs (with Alexandra Kalev) shows that mentoring programs, diversity taskforces, and special recruitment programs have helped to promote diversity by engaging managers, while diversity training and diversity performance evaluations have thwarted progress by stigmatizing managers. These findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, CNN, and National Public Radio. Dobbin has published numerous books studying the social construction of economic rationality, including Forging Industrial Policy: United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age (1994) and The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy (2008). Recent research examines rise of the shareholder value model of corporate management.
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Torben Iversen

Torben Iversen

Codirector, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center; Faculty Associate. Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Department of Government, Harvard University.
Torben Iversen is a Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy in the Government Department at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, electoral politics, and applied formal theory. He is the author of Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century (Princeton UP 2019) (with David Soskice), Women, Work, and Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality (Yale UP 2010) (with Frances Rosenbluth), Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare (Cambridge UP 2005), and Contested Economic Institutions (Cambridge UP 1999). He is also the author or co-author of many articles on comparative politics and political economy in leading social science journals and edited volumes. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a Hoover National Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a BP Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.
Catherine Nehring

Catherine Nehring

Coordinator, STAR Lab; Coordinator, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center; Assistant to Professor Michael J. Hiscox.

Catherine Nehring is the Coordinator of SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has been with SCANCOR since before the grand opening at Harvard in 2016.

Catherine has been Professor Michael J. Hiscox's Faculty Assistant since 2012 and the Coordinator of STAR Lab since 2013. She has been at Harvard University for ten years, and she worked at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College for four years prior to that. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Kirsi Eräranta

Kirsi Eräranta

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Fall 2021). Assistant Professor, Department of Management Studies, Aalto University.
Kirsi Eräranta is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication at Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management Studies in Finland. Her research focuses on the politics of business–society relations, and its complex implications for contemporary organizations and their stakeholders. She is a sociologically oriented organizational communication scholar, whose research agenda is theoretically positioned at the interface of discourse and critical management and organization studies, with a specific focus on topics such as gender, diversity and inclusion; corporate social responsibility; precarious work; and identity. In her research, Eräranta develops and deploys discursive theoretical and methodological perspectives to explore and examine contemporary social issues and organizational phenomena in order to advance knowledge of the relationships between business, government and society and, in particular, how these relationships change over time in the global world. Her research has appeared in journals such as Human Relations; Organization Studies; Gender, Work and Organization; and Social Science History.
Emilia Vähämaa

Emilia Vähämaa

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Fall 2021). Wärtsilä Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Economics, Hanken School of Economics.
Emilia Vähämaa is an Associate Professor in finance at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. Her research interests are in the areas of banking, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and perfomance measurement. Her articles have appeared e.g. in Journal of Business Ethics, Accounting Horizons, and Journal of Financial Services Research.