Spring 2022

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Director, 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

Former codirector, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2021-summer 2022); 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.

Eliane Bucher

Eliane Bucher

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School.
Eliane Bucher is an Associate Professor with the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. She completed her doctorate in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland where she is currently also a lecturer for digital media and communications management. Her research centers on new forms of work and organizing, algorithmic management and digital platforms. In particular, she is interested in harnessing automated forms of text analysis and machine learning to understand voice and inequality in large-scale online discourses. This includes inquiries into online spaces as catalysts for global social movements.
Achim Oberg

Achim Oberg

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Professor, Research Team Digitalization, Institute for SME Research, University of Mannheim; Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social
Sciences, University of Hamburg.
Linda Wedlin

Linda Wedlin

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Professor, Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University.
Linda Wedlin is a Professor in Business Studies in the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include national and transnational regulatory reforms in higher education and research, the organizing of status and status competition in the public science systems, and the role of classifications and monitoring mechanisms in forming organizational fields. She is the author and editor of several books, including Ranking Business Schools (Edward Elgar 2006) and Towards European Science (Edward Elgar 2015, together with Maria Nedeva). Her current work is aimed to explore issues of social and institutional change processes, with a particular focus on the travel and translation of ideas, in time as well as in space. With a large set of “meta-ideas” flooding our worlds – including those of “transparency”, “sustainability”, “entrepreneurship”, and “innovation”, there is great urgency in understanding the structures, actors and processes involved in the translation and diffusion of these ideas, and the entire “ecology of ideas” that come in their wake. This requires an interest in global issues of governance structures and procedures that make these ideas come into power.