Professor Joshua Whitford
Columbia sociology professor Joshua Whitford has been named a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow and will receive a grant of $45,000 for a two-year period. The fellowship, announced on Feb. 20 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is given to outstanding young scholars and provides support for their research in a variety of disciplines including economics management, engineering, political science, and related or interdisciplinary areas.
Whitford, an assistant professor of sociology, joined the University’s Department of Sociology in 2004. As one of five recipients selected from a pool of 36 scholars in the early stages of their careers, the 2007 fellows are being recognized for their exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge, as well as to U.S. industrial development and economic competitiveness.
Whitford’s research interests include economic and organizational sociology, comparative political economy, and pragmatist social theory. His current work focuses on the social, political, and institutional implications of productive decentralization (outsourcing) in manufacturing industries in both the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of The New Old Economy: Networks, Institutions and the Organizational Transformation of American Manufacturing (Oxford University, 2005) and has written extensively on regional economic development in Italy. Whitford received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 2003; then spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany.
To carry out their research, Industry Studies Fellows have developed strong partnerships with people working in their chosen industries. Candidates for fellowships are nominated and recommended by their department chairs and other senior scholars and executives throughout the U.S. and Canada. Once chosen, fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them and are permitted to employ fellowship funds in a multitude of ways to further their research aims.
Joshua Whitford, Department of Sociology