Visiting Fellows ~ 2018-2019

Natalie AvilesNatalie aviles, yale university

(CCS Workshop Co-Convenor & CCS Visiting Fellow, September 2018 - September 2019)

Natalie B. Aviles is a Yale University Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Co-Convener of the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology (CCS) Workshop for AY 2018-2019. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology & Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. She specializes in Sociological Theory, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Cultural Sociology, Science and Innovation Policy, and Sociology of Health Care.

Mervyn HorganMervyn Horgan, University of Guelph, Canada

 (CCS Visiting Fellow, September 2018 -June 2019)

Mervyn Horgan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph, Canada. His main interest is in the making and breaking of solidarity, with particular attention to everyday life in complex multicultural societies. This interest animates his current research on convivial and uncivil encounters between strangers in urban public spaces (supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). He is also interested in the cultural dynamics of rapid economic transformation, sociological engagement with the recognition debates in political theory, representational strategies in cultural nationalism, and blind spots in social science history. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Visual Studies, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Intercultural Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, among others, as well as in numerous edited collections.

Josetxo BeriainJosetxo Beriain, State University of Navarre, Spain

(CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow, September 2018 - December 2018)

Born  in  Spain  in  1959,  from  Navarrese  parents.  B.  A.  in  Sociology  and  Philosophy  in the  Universidad  de  Deusto,  Bilbao,  1984.  M.  A.  in  Sociology  at  the  New  School University,  New  York,  1986,  and  PH.  D.  in  Sociology  at  the  Universidad  de  Deusto,  Bilbao,  1987.  Actually,  Professor  of  Sociology  at  the  Universidad  Pública  de  Navarra  in  Pamplona,  since  1990  and  Faculty  Fellow  of  the  Center  for   Cultural  Sociology,  Yale  University  since  2013.  He  has  been  Research  Assistant  at  the  New  School  University  in  New  York  and  Visiting  Scholar  at  the  Universität  Bielefeld  (Germany),  at  the  Freie  Universität  Berlin,  at  the  Center  for  European  Studies  of  the  Harvard  University,  at  the  Colegio  de  México  in  México  D.  F.,  at  the  Universidad  del  País  Vasco  in  San  Sebastián,  at  the  Universidad  Centroamericana  José  Simeón  Cañas  in  El  Salvador,  at  the  Universidad  Iberoamericana  de  México  D.  F.  y  de  Puebla,  at  the  UNAM  and  at  the  Universidad  Central  de  Venezuela  in  Caracas,  at  the  Berkley  Center  of  the  Georgetown  University  and  at  the  Center  for  Cultural  Sociology,  Yale  University.

Rui GaoRui Gao, Beijing Foreign Studies University

(CCS Visiting Fellow, December 2018 - December 2019)

She XiShe XI, China Agricultural University, Beijing

(CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, January -August 2019)

Bingxin ZhaoBingxin Zhao, Harbin Engineering University in China

Bingxin Zhao is a Ph.D. Candidate at Harbin Engineering University in China. Her doctoral dissertation is “Weber and Chinese culture”. In the paper, she will try to derive Weber’s penetrating judgments and methodologies, meanwhile to make some response to his misreading of Chinese culture. She is also a member of the National Social Sciences Fund Projects “Max Weber and Chinese culture” in the charge of her supervisor Prof. Guoxun Su, and does the part of political sociology. Her research interests are comparative study of Chinese and Western culture, social theory and political sociology. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, October 2017-October 2018)

Tálisson Melo de SouzaTálisson Melo de Souza, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tálisson Melo is a visual artist and Ph.D. student in Sociology and Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research is about art exhibitions amid the political transitions that took place in South American countries during the 1980s, approaching the role of art critics, curators and diplomats in organizing the São Paulo International Art Biennial. Tálisson received a Master’s degree in Art History from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, in 2015, on the emergence of authorial curatorship in Brazil’s public sphere. He has developed parts of his research in different institutions in South America (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay), and he has been collaborating with Artl@s (ENS Paris, France) - a project on art exhibitions history. His research interests are art exhibitions, curating, art criticism, and political transition in South America. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, October 2018-April 2019)

Dominik ZelinskyDominik Zelinsky, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dominik Zelinsky is a PhD researcher in the department of sociology at the University of Edinburgh, where he moved after earning a master’s degree from Masaryk University in Brno. His research interests lie in the areas of social theory, cultural sociology, sociology of literature and the arts. He currently develops dissertation which studies the phenomenon of unofficial philosophy seminars in communist Czechoslovakia. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, September-December 2018)

Zhoujun ZhangZhuojun Zhang, Fudan University, China

Zhuojun Zhang received her B.A. in sociology, a Masters in Education, and is now a doctoral candidate at Department of Sociology, Fudan University. Interested in cultural sociology, her academic interests are mainly about identity, symbolic boundaries and cultural process. By studying anti-GMO groups, her recent research is about how identity influences social actors’ attitude-formation and decision-making. Her doctoral dissertation is “Rediscover The Meaning of Work: Meaning’s Typification and its Cultural Process”.   (CCS Visiting Graduate Student,  September-December 2018 - CCS Yale/Fudan Exchange)

Helena FunkHelena Funk, Leipzig University, Germany

(Visiting Exchange Student,  September 2018-June 2019)

Helena Funk is a current M.A. candidate in African Studies (Leipzig University, Germany), and an Exchange Scholar at the CCS in 2018/19.
Her planned M.A. thesis examines diverse language use and its cultural implications in the middle-class of Nairobi. She will conduct field research in Nairobi, analyzing language use and identity within the growing Kenyan middle-class. Her research interests cover Cultural Sociology, Analysis of Social Structures, Urban Studies, Sociolinguistics and Swahili Studies.

Helena earned her B.A. in Applied African Studies at Bayreuth University, Germany, in the field of Development Sociology. She worked as a student research assistant for the subproject “Middle-Classes on the Rise” at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (2015-2018) where she collaborated with Dieter Neubert and former CCS-Fellow Florian Stoll.

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