Francesco Duina – Chair
Francesco G. Duina
Pettengill Hall, Room 263
BA, MA, University of Chicago
MA, Ph.D., Harvard University
Francesco Duina is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Bates. He is also Honorary Professor in Sociology at the University of British Columbia, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School. Between 2013 and 2015, he was Professor and Head of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.
Professor Duina’s research and teaching interests include economic sociology, international political economy, and the sociology of culture. In substantive terms, his writings focus on three main themes: (1) the institutional and cultural underpinnings of markets; (2) the influence of international markets (the European Union especially) on nation states; and (3) the cultural foundations of life in America.
Between 2010 and 2015, Professor Duina was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy. Since 2010, he has been on the Advisory Editorial Board of Economy and Society. He is currently an elected Council Member of the Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.
He has published numerous chapters and articles in leading journals such as Economy and Society, Journal of European Public Policy, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Studies, New Political Economy and Regulation & Governance.
He is the author of five books. Three focus on the importance of institutions and culture for the economy. In The Social Construction of Free Trade: The EU, NAFTA, and Mercosur (Princeton University Press 2006), Professor Duina examined the social origins of law in the European Union, Mercosur, and NAFTA. The book was translated into Chinese in 2009, and won the American Library Association Award for an Outstanding Academic Book.
In Institutions and the Economy (Polity Press 2011), Professor Duina examined from a sociological perspective the role of institutions in the economic behavior of the individuals and organizations, and in the functioning and performance of national and international markets.
And in Harmonizing Europe: Nation States within the Common Market (SUNY Press 1999) he put forth a historical-institutionalist explanation for variation across countries in the implementation of European Union law.
When it comes to culture in the United States, Professor Duina recently wrote Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession (Princeton University Press 2011). The book undertakes an unprecedented analysis of competition in the United States. It investigates, in particular, the ideas of winning and losing in American society. Why do we care so much about winning and fear losing? What characteristics do we ascribe to winners and losers? What is at stake in our competitive events? What are we after, really, as we pursue victory? The book has attracted considerable media attention and was featured in two radio shows: WNPR Connecticut Public Radio (Where We Live) and WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Academic Minute).
In Life Transitions in America (Polity Press 2014), in turn, Professor Duina analyzed the dominant discourse in the United States on eight major transitions in life (from going to college to retirement).