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Nina Bandelj

IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia and University of California-Irvine, USA

Nina Bandelj is Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research, and Equity Advisor to Dean of Social Sciences, at the University of California, Irvine. She also serves as Editor of Socio-Economic Review, as Executive Council Member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and is Past-Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Economic Sociology Section. Prof. Bandelj received her MA and PhD in Sociology from Princeton University. Her doctoral dissertation on foreign investment in postsocialist Europe was awarded the Seymour Martin Lipset Prize from Society for Comparative Research. She completed the International Baccalaureate Program in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and received her BA (summa cum laude, with honors) from Augsburg College with majors in Sociology and Communication, and a minor in Business Administration.

Prof. Bandelj’s research is in the field of economic sociology and aims to uncover the social, political and cultural bases of economic processes, with a special focus on postsocialist transformations and globalization. She has received grants from the American National Science Foundation, the European Union’s Commission on Research, American Council of Learned Societies and MacArthur Foundation, among others. She was selected as the East and Central Europe Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, in Cologne, Germany, and as Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, in Florence, Italy.

Prof. Bandelj has published many articles in journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Theory and Society, and Socio-Economic Review. She is the author or editor of five books including From Communists to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe (Princeton University Press, 2008); Economic Sociology of Work (Emerald Publishing, 2009); Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective (with Elizabeth Sowers, Polity Press, 2010); The Cultural Wealth of Nations (with Frederick F. Wherry, Stanford University Press, 2011); and Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009 (with Dorothy Solinger, Oxford University Press, 2012).

Nina Bandelj has been affiliated with IEDC-Bled School of Management since 1993, first as a research fellow and lecturer, and later as a visiting professor. Currently she teaches the required doctoral course on Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences.


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