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Jacob Habinek

Associate Professor, Docent

I am an economic sociologist with interests in the sociology of markets, science, and culture.

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My research at the IAS uses the tools of computational text analysis and social network analysis to study how individuals and organizations sustain a sense of shared order in uncertain, highly competitive environments.

Since completing my PhD in sociology in 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley, I have held positions at the IAS, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. My two ongoing projects examine the dynamics of competition among scientific disciplines and in asset-backed securities markets, respectively. I have also just begun work on a multi-year study funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond on the cultural and social dynamics of the awarding of the Nobel Prize.

To find out more, please visit my personal webpage.

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Jacob Habinek, Zheng Fu (2023) Social and cultural closure in awarding the Nobel Prize in Physics
Jacob Habinek (2023) How the Nobel became a world prize: Scalar mediation in the global literary field Poetics, Vol. 101, Article 101822 Continue to DOI
Jerry A. Jacobs, Jacob Habinek (2023) Book Review: The Enduring Role of Books in Sociology Publishing in CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS, vol 52, issue 1, pp 5-9 Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 52, p. 5-9 Continue to DOI


Jacob Habinek (2021) One elite or many?: German, Swiss, and Austrian scientists and Nobel nominees and nominators Laureaten und Verlierer: Der Nobelpreis und die Hochschulmedizin in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, p. 95-108


Jacob Habinek (2020) Review of Christoph Deutschmann, Disembedded Markets: Economic Theology and Global Capitalism (Routledge, 2019) Economic Sociology: the European Electronic Newsletter, Vol. 21, p. 40-41


Jacob Habinek, Heather Haveman (2019) A Free Market for Medical Care? It's Been Tried.
Jacob Habinek, Heather Haveman (2019) Professionals and populists: the making of a free market for medicine in the United States, 1787-1860 Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 17, p. 81-108 Continue to DOI