CCS Director Frederick Wherry has been elected vice-president of the Social Science History Association (SSHA). He will become president of the SSHA in 2018. The Social Science History Association is an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies. He follows a line of distinguished scholars in this role, including Professor Julia Adams who led the organization from 2008-2009.
Professor Wherry is the author, editor, or co-editor of six books: Money Talks: How Money Really Works (Princeton, 2017) with Viviana Zelizer and Nina Bandelj, The Sage Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (Sage 2015) with Juliet Schor, The Culture of Markets (Polity, 2012), The Cultural Wealth of Nations (Stanford, 2011) with Nina Bandelj, The Philadelphia Barrio (Chicago, 2011), and Global Markets and Local Crafts: Thailand and Costa Rica Compared (Johns Hopkins, 2008). He is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Consumption (under contract) with Ian Woodward. At Stanford University Press, he is the co-editor (with Jennifer Lena and Greta Hsu) of the book series: Culture and Economic Life. He is currently chair-elect of the Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the past chair of the Consumers and Consumption Section. At Yale he co-directs the Center for Cultural Sociology and serves as a faculty fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies. He is looking forward to co-teaching a new course in the Spring of 2017 on Advertising, Consumption, & Society (a Markets and Society concentration offering) where the histories and practices of consumption are gleaned from below, where interdisciplinary perspectives from history, sociology, anthropology, and marketing help us interpret social life with greater precision.