Sociology and Criminology Colloquium Series

Andrew Abbott, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago presents "The Excellence of IT: Concepts of Quality in Academic Research"
When Apr 04, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
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Andrew Abbott is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. Abbott took his BA (in history and literature) at Harvard in 1970 and his PhD (in sociology) from the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to his return to Chicago in 1991, he taught for thirteen years at Rutgers University.

Known for his ecological theories of occupations, Abbott also pioneered algorithmic analysis of social sequence data. He has written on the foundations of social science methodology and on the evolution of the social sciences and the academic system. He is the author of six books and seventy articles and chapters.

His work includes The System of Professions (Chicago 1988), a theoretical analysis of the professions and their development that won the ASA's Sorokin Award in 1991. He has also published a historical study of academic disciplines and publication (Department and Discipline [Chicago 1999]), a theoretical analysis of fractal patterns in social and cultural structures (Chaos of Disciplines [Chicago 2001]), and a collection of theoretical essays in the Chicago pragmatist and ecological tradition (Time Matters [Chicago 2001]). Abbott has written two texts, the first a short introduction to heuristics in the social sciences (Methods of Discovery [Norton 2004]) and the second a manual for research projects in libraries and on the Internet (Digital Paper [Chicago, forthcoming]).