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Iddo Tavory

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 2010 (Sociology), UCLA; M.A. 2007 (Sociology), UCLA; M.A. 2004 (Sociology and Anthropology), Tel Aviv University; B.A. 1999 (Philosophy and Psychology), Tel Aviv University; B.A. 1999 (Sociology and Anthropology), Tel Aviv University.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4116, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Mondays 11:00 - 1:00 PM, or by appointment.

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Sociology of Culture; Theory and Method in Ethnography; Sociology of Religion; Phenomenology; Pragmatism; Temporality; Interaction; Theories of Identity and Action.

Research Description: 

Iddo’s overarching interest is in the interactional patterns through which people come to construct and understand their lives across situations. He has written on ethnographic methodology, Orthodox Jews in Los Angeles, morality, temporality, humor, as well as sex and AIDS-related topics in Malawi. His book Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research (co-authored with Stefan Timmermans) outlines a pragmatist approach to the relation among theories, method, and observations in qualitative research (University of Chicago Press, 2014). His second book, Summoned: Identification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood, is an ethnography of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Los Angeles, as well as a theoretical treatise about the co-construction of identification, interaction and the patterning of social worlds (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Iddo is currently conducting an ethnography of account planning and strategy teams in an advertising agency in New York, as well as a co-authored interview project about not-for-profit work in the advertising world.

Curriculum Vitae


Iddo is past winner of the Susanne Langer and the Clifford Geertz Awards in the sociology of culture, and the Lewis A. Coser award for theoretical agenda setting.

Selected list of peer reviewed articles:

2014 - “Nonhumans and the Constitution of the Social Self.” Sociological Theory, 32(1): 64-77. (with Colin Jerolmack)

2014 - “The Situations of Culture: Humor and the Limits of Measurability.” Theory and Society, 43(3-4): 275-289.

2013 - “A Pragmatist Approach to Causality in Ethnography.” American Journal of Sociology, 119(3): 682-714. (with Stefan Timmermans)

2013 - “The Private Life of Public Ritual: Interaction, Sociality and Codification in a Jewish Orthodox Congregation.” Qualitative Sociology, 36(2): 125-139.

2013 - “Coordinating Futures: Towards a Theory of Anticipation.” American Journal of Sociology, 118(4): 908-942. (With Nina Eliasoph)

2012 - “Theory Construction in Qualitative Research: From Grounded Theory to Abductive Analysis.” Sociological Theory, 30(3): 167-186. (with Stefan Timmermans)

2012 - “Experiential Careers: The Routinization and De-Routinization of Religious Life.” Theory and Society, 41(4): 351-373. (with Daniel Winchester)

2012 - “Sex Work and the Construction of Intimacies: Meanings and Work Pragmatics in Rural Malawi.” Theory and Society, 41(3): 211-231. (with Michelle Poulin)

2011 - “The Question of Moral Action: A Formalist Position.” Sociological Theory, 29(4): 272-293.

2010 - “Of Yarmulkes and Categories: Delegating Boundaries and the Phenomenology of Interactional Expectation." Theory and Society, 39(1): 49-68.

2009 - "Condom Semiotics: Meaning and Condom Use in Rural Malawi." American Sociological Review, 74(2): 171-189. (with Ann Swidler)

Updated on 08/31/2016