Jan 11, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Nina Bandelj, professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Organizational Research, will be joining my core leadership team as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. In this new role, Professor Bandelj will be responsible for supporting, planning and directing a variety of faculty-focused programs, evaluating outcomes, and reviewing/revising academic personnel policies and processes.

Professor Bandelj joined UCI in 2003 and has been an active faculty member in various administrative posts including serving as an equity advisor, acting associate dean for research and graduate affairs, and a facilitator in the Women’s Development Initiative supported by the UC Office of the President.

Professor Bandelj’s research examines how social structures, culture and emotions influence economic and organizational processes, including investment and debt, economic inequality, globalization and postsocialist transformations. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, the University of California, and the Slovenian Research Agency.

Her articles have been published in top discipline and specialty journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Theory and Society, and Socio-Economic Review. Her books include:

  • From Communists to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe (2008),
  • Economic Sociology of Work (2009),
  • Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective (2010, with E. Sowers),
  • The Cultural Wealth of Nations (2011, with F. Wherry),
  • Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009 (2012, with D. Solinger) and
  • Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works (2017, with F. Wherry and V. Zelizer).

She was awarded visiting fellowships from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Professor Bandelj is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association honorary society, a recipient of the UCI Senate Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Service, and a faculty fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. She is one of the editors of Socio-Economic Review, treasurer of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, council-at-large member of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and executive council member of the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA. She served as chair of the Economic Sociology Section of the ASA and as co-chair of the research committee on Social Transformations and Sociology of Development of the International Sociological Association.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Bandelj to her new role.


Diane O’Dowd
Vice Provost, Academic Personnel