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Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG

Each year the MPIfG invites a distinguished scholar in the field of political science, economics or sociology to spend three to six months at the institute. Scholars in residence are known for their outstanding academic achievements and pursue a particular research project that coincides with the research conducted at the MPIfG.
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Akos Rona-Tas Is Scholar in Residence 2018


Akos Rona-Tas will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence in 2018. Rona-Tas is Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and a Research Associate at Met@risk, INRA, Paris. His general areas of interest include economic sociology, risk and uncertainty, rational choice theory, and statistical and survey methodology. Currently, he is working on credit card markets and consumer credit in emerging economies and risk analysis in food safety regulation. During his stay at the MPIfG he will be offering a lecture series (see below).




Selected Publications

  • Rona-Tas, A.: “Path-Dependence and Capital Theory: Sociology of the Post-Communist Economic Transformation.” East European Politics and Societies, 12, 1 (1998).
  • Guseva, A. and A. Rona-Tas: “Uncertainty, Risk and Trust: Russian and American Credit Card Markets Compared.” American Sociological Review 66, 5 (2001).
  • Rona-Tas, A. and S. Hiss: “The Role of Ratings in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis: The Art of Corporate and the Science of Consumer Credit Rating.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations 30A, 115-155 (2010).
  • Rona-Tas, A. and S. Hiss: “Forecasting as Valuation: The Role of Ratings and Predictions in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis in the US.” In: J. Beckert and P. Aspers, eds., The Worth of Goods: Valuation and Pricing in the Economy. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2011.
  • Rona-Tas, A. and A. Guseva: Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Societies. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA 2014.


Scholar in Residence Lecture Series 2017

In his lecture series "Predicting the Future: From Augurs to Algorithms", Akos Rona-Tas will discuss how experts make predictions in light of a fundamentally uncertain future and how such predictions are used as strategic devices. The lectures will be on June 5, 12, and 19, 2018.


Past Scholars in Residence


Tim Bartley

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University, Columbus

Lucio Baccaro

Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Robert Boyer

Economist and Associate Researcher at the Institut des Amériques, Vanves, France

Francesco Boldizzoni

Professor of economic history at the University of Turin, Italy

Patrick Le Galès

CNRS director of research at the Centre d'études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris

Arndt Sorge

Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam

J. Nicholas Ziegler

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

Bruno Amable

Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Christoph Deutschmann

Professor of Sociology at the University of Tübingen

David Stark

Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University

Jack Barbalet

Professor of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University


MPIfG - Scholar in Residence | [Last updated 2018-03-21]