Sociology's Prof. Andrew Abbott to deliver the Marc Bloch lecture

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Professor Andrew Abbott has been selected to deliver the 37th Marc Bloch lecture at the leading French insitution, the École des Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales (The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). The lecture will also mark the 40th anniversary of EHESS. 

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.

Past speakers at the prestigious lecture include historians Carlo Ginzburg, Quentin Skinner, and Natalie Davis, philosopher Paul Ricoeur, anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, and sociologist and former Brazilian President F. H. Cardoso. Professor Abbott is the ninth American to speak at the EHESS lecture, and the fourth member of the UChicago community to have the honor. Previous UChicago speakers include anthropolists Marshall Sahlins (1981) and Manuela Carneiro da Cunha (2004), and literary theorist Thomas Pavel (2003).

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