Jeffrey Alexander, PhD

  • Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology
  • Chair, Department of Sociology
  • PhD, University California , 1978
  • BA, Harvard College , 1969
  • “The Long and Winding Road: Civil Repair of Intimate Injustice.” Sociological Theory 19:3. (2001): 371-400.
  • Fin-de Siècle Social Theory: Relativism, Reduction and the Problem of Reason. Taiwan: Verso, 1995.
  • The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003
  • Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity. With Eyerman, Giesen, Smelserand Sztompka. U California P, 2004.
  • The Civil Sphere. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006
  • A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Society in Transition. With Kenneth Thompson. Paradigm Publishers, 2008.
International activities
  • Visiting Professor
    Tianjin, China (2012-Present)

    Nankai University, Nankai University

  • Visiting Professor

  • Visiting Professor
    Bordeaux, France (2012-Present)

    University of Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux

  • Visiting Professor
    France (2012-Present)

    Ecole des Hautes Etudes des Science Politiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes des Science Politiques

  • Visiting Professor
    France (2012-Present)

    Etudes des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Etudes des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

  • Program Committee

  • Cultural Trauma and Global Processes
    China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Japan, Poland, Serbia, United States, South Africa (2008-2009)
    Professors Alexander and Eyerman are directing an international team of researchers (from South Africa, Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Japan, China, Colombia, and the USA). Their first meeting was at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale in May 2008. They met again in June, 2009, in Greece. The host institution there for the 2009 meeting was University of Athens.

    Univ of Athens, Univ of Athens

  • Global Civic Society
    China, Israel, India (2008-Present)
    Professor Alexander is theorizing and conducting research that challenges the idea that the the world is moving rapidly to a global civic society. Through an examination of this issue in China, Israel, and India, preliminary data suggest that these nations are, to the contrary, much more interested in working on their own collective identities, particularly in relation to the trauma of post-authoritarianism and post-colonialism.

  • Sociology Exchange Program
    Germany (2008-2009)
    Professor Alexander is involved in exchanges with the University of Konstanz in Germany. The collaboration involves faculty, graduate student exchanges and a biannual seminar. The seminar scheduled for 2009 is on 'the iconic turn.' He was permanent visiting professor at Konstanz.

    Univ of Konstanz, Univ of Konstanz

  • Theory Research Committee
    South Korea (2008-2008)
    Professors Smith and Alexander work on conferences on sociological theory. This work led them to organize an international conference on sociological theory in Busan, Korea, June 23-25, 2008.

    Korean Sociological Association, Korean Sociological Association

  • Manuscript by Talcott Parsons
    Italy (2008-Present)
    Professor Alexander collaborated with an associate professor at the University of Trento on an annotated edition of an unpublished manuscript by Talcott Parsons. The project has been completed.

    Univ of Trento, Univ of Trento

  • Politics and Culture
    France (2008-2008)
    Professor Alexander organized a yearly conference on politics and culture with the research group CADIS a research group at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales.

    Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Soc, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Soc

Current projects

Material Culture; Issues in Cultural Sociology; New Theories of Civil Society; Special Topics in Sociology; Advanced Workshop in Cultural Sociology

  • Kluge Fellow
  • Honorary Doctorate
  • Fellow, 2001-2003
  • Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World
  • Kluge Fellow
    Library of Congress
  • Professor
    University of California
    (1981 - 2001)
  • Professor Emeritus
    University of California