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About Thomas Janoski

Professor Thomas Janoski received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has done research and taught at Michigan State University, Duke University, and has been at the University of Kentucky for the last 20 years. He has written books on political and economic sociology, citizenship and civil society, immigration and naturalization, lean production and the world division of labor; and comparative employment policy in 18 countries. He is currently the lead editor of The New Handbook of Political Sociology at Cambridge University Press. His other current projects are: The International Handbook of Lean Production, Towards a New Theory of Citizenship, and A Synthetic Theory of Political Sociology. This year he was elected to be the chair of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Methodologically his approach is wide ranging with historical- institutional, Boolean, pooled time-series, survey research, and ethnography methods. Theoretically, he is a left- or optimistic-Weberian with all of the dialectical contradictions that may imply, and he uses a symbolic interactionist approach to identity and self-formation. As of the moment, he teaches classical theory, comparative-historical methods, and proposal writing.


Present Director of the Quantitative Initiative in the Policy and Social Science (QIPSR), University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences
Present Professor of Sociology, University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences

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Honors and Awards

  • <em>Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence.</em> “Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner” for 2009 with “The Spirit of the Civil Sphere: Activating Static Conceptions of Volunteerism and Citizenship,” 2010.
  • <em>Outstanding Service Award</em>, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky, 1999-2000.
  • <em>Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award</em> for the best book in Political Sociology from January 1989 to December 1990, presented by the American Sociological Association, Political Sociology Section, Co-winner, 1991.
  • Doctoral examinations passed <em>with distinction</em> University of California, Berkeley, 1981. Areas: Work and Organizations, Political Economy, and Urban Sociology.
  • <em>Graduate Student Alumni Award</em>, 1978. California State University, Los Angeles, (University-wide award for academic excellence)

Contact Information

University of Kentucky
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology
1525 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027


Books and Edited Volumes (9)

Articles (13)

Contributions to Books (22)