Eric Malczewski

Eric Malczewski

Lecturer on Social Studies
Eric Malczewski

Eric Malczewski is a Lecturer on Social Studies and serves on the Board of Advisors for Social Studies. During 2014-2015 he will be a Visiting Fellow in The Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

Malczewski's research focuses on the organizing principles of social science and epistemological issues in sociological theory. Other core interests include classical sociological theory (with a special emphasis on the thought of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber), institutions, sociology of knowledge, modern culture, philosophy of the human sciences, and culture and the mind. His work has been published in such places as The Journal of Classical Sociology, The Journal of Historical Sociology, and Current Perspectives in Social Theory

His current theoretical work focuses on the role that basic symbolic presuppositions play in institutions and social orders. His empirical focus is on the constitutive principles of modernity, nationalism, and the genesis of modern institutions. He is currently working on a monograph that provides a theoretical and historical account of the emergence of American environmentalism. 

Malczewski has taught at Harvard since 2009; in that time, he has received several teaching awards. In 2013, he was awarded the Barrington Moore Prize for Excellence in 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.

2014-15 Courses
Social Studies 10a (Fall)
Freshman Seminar 41t: Modernity, Society, and the Novel (Fall)
Social Studies 10b (Spring)

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