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Haverford College
Department of Sociology

Events: William Pyle Philips Fund Distinguished Visitors

Haverford College is fortunate to be the location of the William Pyle Philips Fund, which enables the Sociology department to bring distinguished scholars and statespersons to our campus. During their visit, guests typically deliver a public lecture and lead a work-in-progress seminar where we have a chance to discuss their current work. They also participate in discussions with students both in classes and informally.

Previous visitors to the department:


  • Jeffrey Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology, Yale University
  • Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
  • Peter Bearman, Jonathan Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, Columbia University
  • Robert Bellah, Elliott Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lawrence Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
  • Mary Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
  • Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Nancy Chodorow, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Tia DeNora, Professor of Sociology of Music and Director of Research, Sociology/Philosophy, Exeter University
  • Richard Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago
  • Gil Eyal, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
  • Herb Gintis, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts
  • Jurgen Habermas, Professor of Philosophy, University of Frankfurt (for a semseter).
  • James Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago (Nobel Laureate)
  • Hans Joas, Director, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany, and Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
  • Mark Kelman, James C. Gaither Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Shamus Khan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
  • Donald Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
  • Tod Lindberg, Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Niklas Luhmann, deceased, formerly Professor of Sociology, University of Bielefeld
  • George Markus, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney (for a semester).
  • Maria Markus, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of New South Wales (for a semester).
  • John Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
  • Frank Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University
  • Martha Minow, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • John Ogbu, deceased, formerly, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Charles Payne, Frank P. Hixon Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago
  • Richard Posner, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
  • Wolfgang Schluchter, Professor of Sociology, University of Heidelberg
  • Oliver Schmidtke, Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics, University of Victoria
  • Vicki Schultz, Ford Foundation Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • George Steinmetz, Professor of Sociology and German Studies, University of Michigan
  • Susan Sturm, Professor of Law, Columbia
  • Richard Swedberg, Professor of Sociology, Cornell University
  • Iván Szelényi,William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology, Yale University
  • Harrison White, Giddings Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
  • Oliver Williamson, Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University
  • Erik Wright, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin