Spring 2022

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.

Eliane Bucher

Eliane Bucher

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.
Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Business, Aalto University; The Royal Society & British Academy Newton International Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr. Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä is a scholar-activist based at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. His work originates from disciplinary approaches rooted to entrepreneurship and organizational science.

His previous work focused particularly on extreme settings. It included teaching entrepreneurship in North Korea (2012-2017) and co-founding the WTSUP! Beirut platform (2018-2020) that focused on supporting equality and equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Lebanon. In Finland, Dr. Heikkilä's previous work included action-research (2016-2019) with The Shortcut initiative, which aims to integrate immigrants into Finnish society with community-driven entrepreneurship education methodology via NGO-startup modeling.

Dr. Heikkilä's current focus is to support societal crisis recovery by working first, on exploring and piloting new forms of science dissemination and second, studying resilience and perseverance in entrepreneurial and artistic communities.

His previous and ongoing affiliations include Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford SCANCOR visiting scholar, and Newton Fellow of the Royal Society. His work has been published in academic journals including Environment and Planning A, Journal of World Business, Journal of Strategic Information Systems and in various media outlets such as the Finnish national news outlet YLE and internationally in the Financial Times.

Mariia Kobzeva

Mariia Kobzeva

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Arctic Studies, Department of Social Sciences, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway.
Mariia Kobzeva, PhD in Political Science, is a postdoctoral fellow in global Arctic studies at the Department of Social Sciences, UiT Norwegian Arctic University. Mariia focuses on Sino-Russian relations in the Arctic amid the new balance of power, as well as on Russian and Chinese foreign policies. In 2020, Mariia was an awardee of a Centre universitaire de Norvège à Paris stipend for a two-month research project “French-Russian-Chinese cooperation in Arctic LNG projects” (conducted at Sorbonne Université). Mariia was awarded China-Nordic Arctic Research Center fellowship (upcoming visit to Tongji University, Shanghai in 2021). She is a member of the War and Peace Dynamics group at the UiT. In 2021, Mariia received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship grant (MSCA-IF) for the research project on Arctic security regime adaptation (the starting date is in fall 2022).
Achim Oberg

Achim Oberg

Incoming 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.
Bo Rothstein

Bo Rothstein

Incoming Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). August Röhss Chair in Political Science; Co-founder, Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Bo Rothstein holds the August Röhss Chair in Political Science at University of Gothenburg and is the co-founder of the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute in the Department of Political Science. During 2016 and 2017 he served as Professor of Government and Public Policy at University of Oxford, Nuffield College. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, Collegium Budapest for Advanced Study, Harvard University, University of Washington-Seattle, Cornell University, the Australian National University and Stanford University. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Finnish Society of Arts and Letters. Among his publications are Controlling Corruption - The Social Contract Approach (Oxford University Press, 2021), Making Sense of Corruption (with Aiysha Varraich, Cambridge University Press 2017), The Quality of Government: Corruption (University of Chicago Press 2011), Social Traps and the Problem of Trust (Cambridge University Press 2005) and Just Institutions Matter (Cambridge University Press 1998). He is planning to work on a project that links economic inequality with the organization of the power structure within firms. The project will combine organizational theory, economic sociology and political economy to develop a realistic model that will serve to decrease economic inequality and increase democracy in the workplace.
Linda Wedlin

Linda Wedlin

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.