Charles Camic John Evans Professor of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest:  Classical/Contemporary Sociological Theory, Sociology of Ideas/Knowledge, Sociology of Science, Historical Sociology, Sociology of Education, History of Sociology and Social Thought


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 Writings of Thorstein 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