Dr. Jeffrey Hass
Associate Professor of Sociology
My interests ultimate relate to the human capacity for action, which means I study power, culture, and practice. Why do we do what we do, and do we act from compulsion or autonomous desire? How do social practices persist and change? This leads me to question just what "institutions" and "structures" are--social phenomena that too often are taken for granted.
NEH research award (2009-2010)
Weinstein Family Fellowship, co-recipient (2008-2009)
Power, Culture, and Economic Change in Russia: To the Undiscovered Country of Post-Socialism, 1988-2008 (New York and Abingdon, UK: Routledge, forthcoming).
Hass, J.K. Economic Sociology: An Introduction. London; New York: Routledge, 2007.
(with Gaston Beltran) "Illusions of Market Paradise: State, Business, and Economic Reform in Post-socialist Russia and Post-crisis Argentina." Laboratorium. Russian Review of Social Research, #2 (2009), pp. 123-160.
(with Tony Walter) "Parental Grief in Three Societies: A Study of Networks and Religion as Social Supports in Mourning." Omega, vol. 54, #3 (2007), pp. 179-198
"Trials and Tribulations of Learning the Market. Culture and Economic Practice in Russia's Market Transition," The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies (Pittsburgh: Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2005)
Hass, J.K. (2002) Revolt of the Filmmakers: The Struggle for artistic autonomy and the fall of the Soviet film industry. Contemporary Sociology, v.31, no.3, 301-302.
Hass, J.K. (1999) The Great Transition: The dynamics of market transitions and the case of Russia, 1991-1995. Theory and Society, v.28, no.3, 383-424.
"The Experience of War and the Construction of Normality. Lessons from the Blockade of Leningrad." In Nikita Lomagin (ed.), Bitva za Leningrad. Diskussionnye problemy (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii Dom, 2009), pp. 235-271
Ph.D., Princeton University 1998
M.A., Princeton University 1993
B.A., Harvard University 1989
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Areas of ExpertiseSocial change
Russia and East Europe
West Europe (esp. the United Kingdom)
War (specifically, the Blockade of Leningrad)
Power and culture
Institutions and Institutional change