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Dr. Jeffrey Hass
Associate Professor of Sociology
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My interests ultimate relate to the human capacity for action, which means I study power, culture, and practice. Why do we do what we do, and do we act from compulsion or autonomous desire? How do social practices persist and change? This leads me to question just what "institutions" and "structures" are--social phenomena that too often are taken for granted.
Awards
National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-15)
NEH research award (2009-2010)
Weinstein Family Fellowship, co-recipient (2008-2009)
Publications
Books
Fields of War and the Self: Meanings and Practices of Survival, Suffering, and the Self. The Story of the Blockade of Leningrad (1941-1944). In preparation for invited submission to Oxford University Press.
States, Civilians, and a Political Economy of War: Opportunism and Survival in the Blockade of Leningrad, 1941-1944. In preparation for invited submission to Indiana University Press.
Power, Culture, and Economic Change in Russia 1988-2008: To the Undiscovered Country of Post-Socialism (New York and Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2011). 
Rethinking the Post-Soviet Experience. Markets, Moral Economies, and Cultural Contradictions of Post-Socialist Russia (New York and Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Hass, J.K. Economic Sociology: An Introduction. London; New York: Routledge, 2007.

Articles
“Political Culture of Post-Soviet Economic Change: The Case of Financial-Industrial Groups.” In D. E. Raskov (ed.),Al’manakh Tsentra issledovanii ekonomicheskoi kul’tury (St. Petersburg: Gaidar Institute Press, 2013), pp. 193-209.
“Norms and Survival in the Heat of War: Normative versus Instrumental Rationalities and Survival Tactics in the Blockade of Leningrad.” Sociological Forum, vol. 26, #4 (2011), pp. 921-949.

“Vyzhivanie v gody voiny i ‘istoriia.’ Problema samostoiatel’nosti vybora i razlichnye modeli chelovecheskogo povideniia vo vremia leningradskoi blokady” (“Surviving War and ‘History.’ Agency and Narratives of the Blockade of Leningrad”). In A. N. Chistikov (ed.), Rossiia. Vek dvadtsatyi. (St. Petersburg: Nestor-Istoriia and Academy of Sciences, 2011), pp. 105-122.

“Illusions of Market Paradise: State, Business, and Economic Reform in Post-socialist Russia and Post-crisis Argentina.” Laboratorium. Russian Review of Social Research, #2 (2010), pp. 123-154.

“The Experience of War and the Construction of Normality. Lessons from the Blockade of Leningrad.” In Nikita Lomagin (ed.), Bitva za Leningrad. Diskussionnye problemy (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii Dom, 2009), pp. 235-271.

(with Gaston Beltran) "Illusions of Market Paradise: State, Business, and Economic Reform in Post-socialist Russia and Post-crisis Argentina." Laboratorium. Russian Review of Social Research, #2 (2009), pp. 123-160.
(with Tony Walter) "Parental Grief in Three Societies: A Study of Networks and Religion as Social Supports in Mourning." Omega, vol. 54, #3 (2007), pp. 179-198
"Trials and Tribulations of Learning the Market. Culture and Economic Practice in Russia's Market Transition," The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies (Pittsburgh: Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2005)
Hass, J.K. (2002) Revolt of the Filmmakers: The Struggle for artistic autonomy and the fall of the Soviet film industry. Contemporary Sociology, v.31, no.3, 301-302.
Hass, J.K. (1999) The Great Transition: The dynamics of market transitions and the case of Russia, 1991-1995. Theory and Society, v.28, no.3, 383-424.
Chapters
"The Experience of War and the Construction of Normality. Lessons from the Blockade of Leningrad." In Nikita Lomagin (ed.), Bitva za Leningrad. Diskussionnye problemy (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii Dom, 2009), pp. 235-271
In the News

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Education
Ph.D., Princeton University 1998
Sociology
M.A., Princeton University 1993
Sociology
B.A., Harvard University 1989
Chemistry
Contact Information
302 Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8075
(804) 287-1278 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Social change
Russia and East Europe
West Europe (esp. the United Kingdom)
Post-socialism
War (specifically, the Blockade of Leningrad)
Power and culture
Institutions and Institutional change
Economic sociology
Political sociology
Complex organizations