John Levi Martin will spend his year studying the logic of political action, focusing on partisan interaction on the floor of the Weimar parliament using formal network analysis. Looking at patterns of interaction between speakers and audience, he hopes to learn how political elites signal a willingness to reconfigure the pattern of alliances. He also continues a project on the development of architectonics of action in the human sciences.
Martin is the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a general sociologist, and is the author of Social Structures (Princeton University Press, 2009), The Explanation of Social Action (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Thinking Through Theory (W.W. Norton, 2015), Thinking Through Methods (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and Thinking Through Statistics (University of Chicago Press, 2018).