Neil J. Smelser
Department of Sociology

Neil Smelser received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958 and began his career as a sociology professor at the University of California , Berkeley thereafter. He became a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. His research interests include: Sociological theory; economic sociology; collective behavior; sociology of education; social change; comparative methods. Dr. Smelser has held many administrative positions in UCB, including Assistant to the Chancellor for Student Political Activity (1965); Chair of the Department of Sociology, from (1974-1976, 1991-1992); a Faculty Representative to the Board of Regents (1985-1987), and most recently as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1994-2001). He was also a Consultant for the Nobel Prize Committee on Economics in 1989.