Robin Wagner-Pacifici is a University Professor affiliated with the Department of Sociology at The New School for Social Research. She is the author of a number of books, most recently What is an Event? (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and The Art of Surrender: Decomposing Sovereignty at Conflict’s End.
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PhD 1983, University of Pennsylvania
What is an Event?, The University of Chicago Press, 2017
The Art of Surrender: Decomposing Sovereignty at Conflict’s End, The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
- Honorable Mention, 2006 Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, Best Book Award
- Author-Meets-Critics Session, American Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting
- Meet the Author Session, European Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting
Theorizing the Standoff: Contingency in Action, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- Winner, 2001 Culture Section of the American Sociological Association Best Book Award
Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia Versus MOVE. The University of Chicago Press, 1994.
The Moro Morality Play: Terrorism as Social Drama. The University of Chicago Press, 1986.
“Redefinire la memoria come evento: dai passati controversi agli “eventi inquieti,” in Sociologia della memoria: verso un’ecologia del passato, Eds. Anna Lisa Tota, Lia Luchetti, Trever Hagen, Carocci editore, 2018.
"Temporal Blind Spots in Occupy Philadelphia," (co-authored with E. Colin Ruggero) solicited article for Special Issue on “Time and Movement: Approaching Temporalities in Understanding Contention,” Social Movement Studies, May, 2018, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2018.1474096 “Capturing Distinctions While Mining Text Data: Toward Low-Tech Formalization of Text Analysis,” (co-authored with Ronald Breiger and John Mohr) solicited article for Special Issue of Poetics, “Formalizing Culture” co-edited by Achim Edelmann and John Mohr, 68 (2018) 104-119. “Politics as a Vacation,” (co-authored with Iddo Tavory), solicited article for Special Issue on 2016 U.S. Presidential election, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, DOI 10.1057/s41290-017-0036-8, October 2017. Reprinted (Chapter 2) in Politics of Meaning/Meaning of Politics: Cultural Sociology of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Eds. Jason L. Mast and Jeffrey C. Alexander, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.
Co-Editor (co-authored with John Mohr and Ronald Breiger), Special Issue of Big Data and Society, “Conceiving the Social with Big Data: A Symposium of Social and Cultural Scientists,” Vol. 2 (2), December 2015 an Introductory Essay (co-authored with John Mohr and Ronald Breiger): “Ontologies, Methodologies and the New Uses of Big Data in the Social and Cultural Sciences.”
“Toward a Computational Hermeneutics” (co-authored with John Mohr and Ronald Breiger), Big Data and Society, “Conceiving the Social with Big Data: A Symposium of Social and Cultural Scientists,” Vol. 2(2), December, 2015.
“Graphing the Grammar of Motives in U.S. National Security Strategies: Cultural Interpretation, Automated Text Analysis and the Drama of Global Politics,” co-authored with John W. Mohr, Ronald L. Breiger, and Petko Bogdanov , special issue: “Topic Modeling and Text Analysis: New Possibilities Linking Computer Scientists with Researchers in the Humanities and the Social Sciences,” Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media, and the Arts, December 2013.
“The Resolution of Social Conflict,” co-authored with Meredith Hall, Annual Review of Sociology, Volume 38, 2012.
“Theorizing the Restlessness of Events,” American Journal of Sociology, Volume 115:5 March, 2010.
“When Futures Meet the Present,” invited response essay, Sociological Forum, Volume 24, Issue 3 September, 2009.
“The Innocuousness of State Lethality in an Age of National Security,” Special Issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, "Killing States: Lethal Decisions/Final Judgments." Edited by Austin Sarat and Jennifer Culbert, 107:3 Summer 2008.
"What Is an Event and Are We Living in One?" talk at The New School for Social Research, June 25, 2020.
Quoted in "I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing," WVIK, May 11, 2020.
Featured in "Integrative PhD Fellowship Unites Design and the Humanistic Social Sciences," Research Matters, October 15, 2019.
Featured in "'What is an Event?' A New Book from Sociologist Robin-Wagner Pacifici," Research Matters, April 6, 2017.
Political sociology, analysis of historical events and interstitial moments in social and political, and military contexts, sociology of culture. Methodological approaches include political semiosis, discourse analysis, hermeneutics.