top of page
Mustafa Emirbayer (Ph.D. 1989, Harvard University) is Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  His interdisciplinary work spans pragmatist philosophy and social theory; studies of civil society and the public sphere; cultural analysis; relational sociology; and psychoanalytic theory.  He has published numerous influential essays on classical and contemporary sociological theory and recently completed a two-volume project on race in America (coauthored with Matthew Desmond).  Race in America (W.W. Norton) is an undergraduate textbook; The Racial Order (University of Chicago Press) is for a scholarly readership and was awarded the Theory Prize by the American Sociological Association, Theory Section.  Mustafa Emirbayer is a past winner of the Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting in Sociology; a former chair of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association; and currently the editor of Sociological Theory.  

Contact Information


Recent Publications


Phone: 608-262-4419 




Office:  Department of Sociology  

            1180 Observatory Drive

            University of Wisconsin-Madison

            Madison WI, 53706






Sida Liu and Mustafa Emirbayer, "Field and Ecology"

Bowen Paulle and Mustafa Emirbayer, "Beneath Rationalization: Elias, Foucault, and the Body"

Mustafa Emirbayer and Molly Noble, "The Peculiar Convergence of Jeffrey Alexander and Erik Olin Wright"


Mustafa Emirbayer and Matthew Desmond, "Race and Reflexivity"


Mustafa Emirbayer, "Tilly and Bourdieu"


Mustafa Emirbayer, "Relational Sociology as Fighting Words"




bottom of page