Michèle Lamont

Harvard University, USA

Michèle Lamont is a Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She currently serves as the President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. She is also the Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Co-Director of the Successful Societies program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. A cultural sociologist, Lamont is coauthor of Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (to be published in August 2016 by Princeton University Press). She is also the author of a dozen award-winning books and edited volumes which include studies of group boundaries, class, and ethnoracial dynamics in the United States and France; cultures of excellence in higher education; social resilience and neo-liberalism; and comparative cultural repertoires and the evaluation of qualitative social science research.

Ben Ross Schneider

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Ben Ross Schneider is Ford International Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the MIT-Brazil program. Prior to moving to MIT, Schneider taught at Princeton University and Northwestern University. His recent books include Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America (2013), Designing Industrial Policy in Latin America: Business-Government Relations and the New Developmentalism (2015), and New Order and Progress: Development and Democracy in Brazil (2016). He also has written on topics such as economic reform, democratization, the developmental state, education, labor markets, and business groups.

Mike Savage

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Mike Savage joined the LSE in September 2012 and is the Martin White Professor of Sociology and he became Co-Director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute in 2015, where he is initial Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme, the largest global programme in the world devoted to challenging inequalities. Previously he was Professor at the University of Manchester, where he had been Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) from 2004 to 2010, and Professor at the University of York, where he founded the European Centre for Cultural Exploration from 2010-2012. His research interests are in class and stratification, especially their cultural and historical dimensions. He has published over 70 articles (including in American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Poetics, Cultural Sociology, and British Journal of Political Science) and 20 books, with a major focus on cultural sociology, recently including Culture, Class, Distinction (Bennett, Savage, Silva, Warde, Gayo-Cal and Wright, Routledge 2010); Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method (Oxford 2010). He has been Visiting Professor (and Fulbright Scholar) at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Sciences Po, and Bergen, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

AbdouMaliq Simone

Max Planck Institute, Germany

AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist with particular interest in emerging forms of collective life across cities of the so-called Global South. He has worked across many different academic, administrative, research, policymaking, advocacy, and organizational contexts. Simone is presently Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Visiting Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. Key publications include, In Whose Image: Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan, University of Chicago Press, 1994, For the City Yet to Come: Urban Change in Four African Cities, Duke University Press, 2004, and City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads: Routledge, 2009, Jakarta: Drawing the City Near: University of Minnesota Press, 2014, and the forthcoming City Secrets: polemics for emerging global urbanisms, Polity.