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Walter W. Powell

Woody Powell

Walter W. Powell

Sociology
Sara Miller McCune Interim Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University
Faculty Fellow, 2021-22
Faculty Fellow, 2020-21
Faculty Fellow, 2019-20
Faculty Fellow, 2018-19 Study #2
Faculty Fellow, 2017-18
Research Affiliate, 2016-17
Fellow, 2008-09 Study #12
Fellow, 1986-87 Study #40
Phone: 
(650) 736-0104

Walter (Woody) Powell is the Sara Miller McCune Interim Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), the Jacks Family Professor of Education, and (by courtesy) Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He has been faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society since its founding in 2006. At PACS, he leads the Civic Life of Cities Lab, which studies civil society organizations in the SF Bay Area, Seattle, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Vienna. He is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has received honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and Aalto University, and is an international member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and The British Academy. He has served on the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council since 2000.  With Bob Gibbons (MIT), he has led the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) summer institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness since 2016. He was also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 1986-87 and again in 2008-09.