Eric Malczewski is a sociologist specializing in sociological theory, comparative historical sociology, culture, social and political theory, environmental sociology, nationalism, material culture, and institutions. He is affliated with Dudley House and is a Faculty Fellow in The Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.
He is currently working on a monograph that provides a theoretical and historical account of conceptions of nature in American culture and their role in the emergence of a new domain of experience. The study is intended as a contribution to sociological theory and the understanding of the role played by nature and the environment in American modernity. Other empirical foci include the constitutive principles of modernity, nationalism, and the genesis of modern institutions. His current theoretical work focuses on the role that symbolic organizing principles play in social orders and institutions.
His published research focuses on the organizing principles of social science and epistemological issues in sociological theory. Other core interests include conceptions of nature and the environment, classical sociological theory (with a special emphasis on the thought of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber), sociology of knowledge, modern culture, philosophy of the human sciences, and culture.
Malczewski taught at Harvard from 2009-2017. In that time, he received several teaching awards. In 2013, he was awarded the Barrington Moore Prize for Excellence in Advising, and in 2015 he was awarded the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising (Harvard's highest award for advising).
He received his Ph.D. in Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy of Social Science from the University Professors Program at Boston University. He holds a Bachelor of Science from New York University and a Master of Public Policy with Honors from The University of Chicago.
- Materiality, Iconic Nature, and Albert Bierstadt’s ‘Great Pictures’
Values in Science
- The Value(s) of Nature
- Émile Durkheim
- On the Centrality of Action: Social Science, Historical Logics, and Max Weber's Legacy
- This is Social Science: A "Patterned Activity" Oriented to Understanding Human Society
- Durkheim’s Sui Generis Reality and the Central Subject Matter of Social Science
- Nationalism as the Cultural Foundation of Modern Experience
- Politics as a Cultural Phenomenon