Charles Camic

Charles CamicJohn Evans Professor of Sociology
(On leave)

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330

Office Address:
1808 Chicago Avenue, Room 107
Phone: (847) 491-5671

  Office Hours: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Classical/Contemporary Sociological Theory
Sociology of Ideas/Knowledge
Sociology of Science
History of Sociology and Social Thought Historical Sociology


Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Chicago, 1979. Areas of interest include: classical and contemporary sociological theory; sociology of ideas/knowledge; sociology of science; history of sociology and social thought; historical sociology.

Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, Camic was Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In recent years, his work has centered on examining the social processes by which the social sciences took shape and developed in the United States in the period from 1880 to 1940.

He is currently writing a book on the social origins of Thorstein Veblen's heterodox economics. He recently edited Social Knowledge in the Making (with Michele Lamont and Neil Gross) and Essential Writing of Thorsstein Veblen (with Geoffrey M. Hodgson)

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 306: Sociology Theory Syllabus
SOCIOL 319: Sociology of Science Syllabus
SOCIOL 406-1: Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis Syllabus
SOCIOL 476: Topics in Soc Analysis: Professional Writing Seminar

Recent Books

Essential Writings of Thorstein Veblen
With Geoffrey M. Hodgson; Routledge, 2011

Social Knowledge in the Making
With Neil Gross and Michele Lamont; University of Chicago Press, 2011

Recent Articles

“Bourdieu’s Two Sociologies of Knowledge.” In Philip Gorski (ed.), Bourdieu and Historical Analysis, 2013

“Schooling for Heterodoxy: On the Foundations of Thorstein Veblen’s Institutional Economics.” In Erik Reinert and Francesca Viano (eds.),\ Thorstein Veblen: Economics for an Age of Crises, 2012

“Bourdieu’s Cleft Sociology of Science.” Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning, and Policy. 49 (September 2011): 275-293

“Repetition with Variation: A Mertonian Inquiry into a Lost Mertonian Concept.” In Yehuda Elkana, Concepts and the Social Order: Robert K. Merton and the future of Sociology, 2011

“Wandlungen des Intelligenzbegriffs bei Dewey: Der Philosoph unter seinen Zeitgenossen.” In Bettina Hollstein (ed.), Handlung und Erfahrung: Tagung zu Ehren von Hans Joas, 2011


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Upcoming Events

Sociology Colloquium - Professor Kelly Moore, Loyola University
October 15, 201512:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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October 22, 201512:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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