Philip Gorski



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Professor Philip Gorski received undergraduate degrees from Deep Springs College (1983) and Harvard College (1986). He did graduate work at the University of Frankfurt (Germany) and completed his PhD at UC-Berkeley (1996). He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for eight years before moving to Yale in 2004. He has also held visiting appointments at various universities including the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), the University of Konstanz (Germany), and Peking State University (China).

Prof Gorski is a comparative and historical sociologist with a strong interest in social theory and the philosophy of social science. His research has focused primarily on religion and politics in early modern and modern Western Europe and North America. He also has a long-standing interest in the works of Max Weber and Pierre Bourdieu. His current research focuses on two areas: populism and democracy, and Critical Realist philosophy of social science.

Recent ad representative publications include:
American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present (Princeton University Press, 2017)
“Why Evangelical Voted for Trump” (American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 2017)
“From Sinks to Webs: Critical Social Science after the Fact-Value Distinction” (Canadian Review of Sociology, 2017).

Populism and Democracy
Contemporary Social Theory