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Schneiberg Named to New John C. Pock Chair

Professor Marc Schneiberg will hold Reed’s new John C. Pock Chair, named for the emeritus professor of sociology. The designation was made by President Colin Diver in consultation with the faculty’s Committee on Advancement and Tenure.

Marc Schneiberg

Schneiberg graduated from Haverford College and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught for several years at the University of Arizona before joining the Reed sociology department in 2000.

Dean of the Faculty Peter Steinberger describes Schneiberg’s scholarly work in organizational and economic sociology (currently focusing on public and cooperative alternatives to corporations) as “highly empirical, quantitatively sophisticated, and theoretically compelling.” Schneiberg’s articles on associations, regulation, and organizational forms in the American economy have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Politics and Society, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Schneiberg, currently on sabbatical, is completing an NSF-funded study of private, public, and cooperative enterprise, focusing mainly on mutuals, cooperatives, and municipal companies in the American insurance, dairy, grain, and electrical utility industries. He is also working with University of Oregon political scientist Gerald Berk on a 340-industry study of associations, collaborative learning, and benchmarking in the U.S. economy, 1900–1930.

Courses taught by Schneiberg include Economic Sociology; American Capitalism; and Organizations, Race, and Stratification. He coauthored a forthcoming American Sociological Review article with two former students, Thomas Smith ’04 and Marissa King ’02 (a doctoral candidate in sociology at Columbia University), and is collaborating with Adam Goldstein ’06 on analyses of mutual savings bank conversions to for-profit stock corporations.

The John C. Pock Chair, endowed by several of Pock’s former students, is awarded with preference to a faculty member within the Division of History and Social Sciences, with further preference to a faculty member with a specialty in innovative social science quantitative methodology and theoretically based empirical social research.


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