Karin Knorr Cetina

The George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor
Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, and the College

Karin Knorr Cetina’s work is based on observation studies of complex expert settings. For example, she has conducted so-called laboratory studies in high-energy physics and in molecular biology, and she studies global financial markets on the trading floors of large investment banks and private banks in Zurich, New York, London, and Sydney.

Knorr Cetina is working on a book on the social and cultural structures of global financial markets and is doing research on postsocial developments. A former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, she has been president of the Society for Social Studies of Science, chair of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association, and winner of the Bernal Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the Field awarded by the Society for Social Studies of Science.

She holds a habilitation in sociology from the University of Bielefeld (1981), a postdoctoral diploma (sociology) from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (1972), and a PhD (cultural anthropology, minor in sociology) from the University of Vienna (1971).

Knorr Cetina joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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