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Published Work in the CASBS-Public Books Partnership

Dec 21 2020

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The CASBS partnership, launched and announced in fall 2019, is all about books and ghosts that reside on the Center’s hilltop campus. In terms of books, it places a spotlight on select classics as well as recent accessions to the Center’s renowned Ralph W. Tyler Collection.* In terms of ghosts, current fellows reflect upon impactful and inspiring “Ghosts in the Study” – former fellows who occupied their offices (called studies at CASBS) at some point since the Center’s 1954-55 inaugural year.

View all installments in the partnership here.

Special Essays

  • Through an examination of a recent book on the virtues of "anthro-vision," CASBS director Margaret Levi and CASBS senior research scholar Roberta Katz describe the tools, mindset, and ways of thinking and practicing that "The 21st-Century Social Scientist" must employ. Essay here.

Recent Accessions to the Tyler Collection

These take the form of author interviews.

  • Neta Alexander engages Margaret O’Mara, who initiated work on her latest book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (2019), as a 2014-15 CASBS fellow. Interview here.
  • Emma Chubb engages Patricia Banks, who completed her latest book, Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums: Black Renaissance (2019), as a 2018-19 CASBS fellow. Interview here.
  • Paul DiMaggio (CASBS fellow 1984-85) engages former Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Starr, who worked on his latest book, Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies (2019), as a 2014-15 CASBS fellow. Interview here.
  • Shazeda Ahmed engages Jennifer Pan, who completed her book, Welfare for Autocrats: How Social Assistance in China Cares for its Rulers (2020), as a 2019-20 CASBS fellow. Interview here.
  • Mitchell Stevens interviews Elizabeth Shermer, who completed her book, Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt (2021), as a 2019-20 CASBS fellow. Interview here.

Tyler Collection Classics

Scholars reflect upon the enduring significance and intellectual impact of a classic book in the collection. Publication anniversaries often motivate the essays.

  • Jeremy Adelson reflects on the enduring legacy of Albert Hirschman’s Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States (1970). Hirschman wrote the book as a 1968-69 CASBS fellow. Essay here.
  • Harvey Molotch (CASBS fellow 1999-2000) reflects on the importance of Stanley Lieberson’s A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions, and Culture Change (2000). Lieberson wrote the book as a 1995-96 CASBS fellow. Essay here.
  • Paula Findlen (CASBS fellow 2007-08) pays tribute to Carolyn Merchant's The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (1980). Merchant wrote the book as a 1977-78 CASBS fellow. Essay here.
  • Thomas Bender (CASBS fellow 2005-06) describes how Carl Schorske came to the Center to to write a "distinctive book, one that would bring together politics and culture." The result is the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture, which Schorske worked on during two stints as a CASBS fellow (1959-60, 1965-66). Essay here.
  • Shane Graham offers a retrospective on David Levering Lewis's "magisterial" history of the Harlem Renaissance, "When Harlem Was In Vogue," written by Lewis during his 1980-81 CASBS fellowship year. Essay here.
  • Webb Keane, a 2003-04 CASBS fellow, reappraises Marshall Sahlins's classic essay "The Original Affluent Society" -- the centerpiece of his book Stone Age Economics, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the book's publication. Sahlins wrote parts of the book as a 1963-64 CASBS fellow. Keane's essay here.
  • Fernando Domínguez Rubio reflects on Art Worlds,  initiated by Howard Becker during his 1969-70 CASBS fellowship year, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the book's publication. It "changed forever how sociologists study art." Essay here.

Ghosts in the Study

CASBS fellows discuss prominent former CASBS fellows who occupied their studies, including the intellectual impact the former fellows have had on their work or their lasting importance for the field/social science at large.

  • Catherine Ramírez (CASBS fellow 2019-20) writes on the meaning of assimilation while reflecting upon one ghost who previously occupied her study (#51) – Alejandro Portes (1980-81) and another, Samuel Huntington (1969-70), who occupied another study. Essay here.
  • Rene Almeling (CASBS fellow 2019-20) explores the relationship between scientific knowledge and social inequalities while paying tribute to a ghost who previously occupied her study (#38) – Evelyn Fox Keller (1991-92). Essay here.
  • Sonja Amadae (CASBS fellow 2019-20; research affiliate 2020-21), drawing on classic work by Anatol Rapoport (1954-55), a "ghost" in her study (#1), explains how innovations in game theory expose systemic, persistent discrimination and can help guide us to a better future. Essay here.
  • Sharon Block (CASBS fellow 2020-21), inspired by the work of Ann Laura Stoler (1999-00), a "ghost" in her study (#37), reflects on the intersections of race and sexuality in a colonial context. Essay here.
  • Trinidad Rico (CASBS fellow 2020-21) meditates on global heritage preservation and discourse in an intellectual landscape influenced by Edward Said (1975-76), who wrote his landmark book Orientalism in study #32. Essay here.
  • Saumitra Jha (CASBS fellow 2020-21) explains how the pioneering work of Nobel Prize winner and former CASBS fellow Douglass North, a "ghost" in Saum's study (#38), provided him a lens for understanding how and why beliefs and norms (about, say, trust or distrust) play-out both through time and institutional structures and exert influence on human behavior and interactions. Essay here.


*Thousands of scholarly articles and nearly 2,000 books have been initiated, drafted, worked upon, or completed by fellows at the Center. Many are classic, foundational works that exert significant influence on academic discourse, contemporary thought, and public policy – influence that often reverberates across decades. The books reside in the Center’s Ralph W. Tyler Collection. Explore the entire collection here and view recent entries to the collection here.