Alexander Hoppe

Faculty Advisors: 

Randall Collins, Mauro Guillen, David Grazian, Robin Leidner

Research Interests: 

Work, Management, and Organizations
Fashion and Culture
Social Psychology and Microsociology


Alexander D. Hoppe is a PhD candidate in the department. Broadly interested in work, culture, and globalization, his research analyzes creative industries (especially fashion) with a micro to macro perspective. His dissertation analyzes organizational routines within first-tier Indian apparel suppliers as way to understand industrial upgrading. Contrary to decades of theoretical expectation, these suppliers are upgrading into the high-value and culturally laden work of design.

Alex's research has been supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship, the Center for the Advanced Study of India, and the Penn sociology department. He was also selected as a University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator Fellow. He has published in Poetics and Advances in Strategic Management. Work in progress has been nominated for both the all-academy Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper and the Best Student-Led Paper Award from the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management.

He received his BA in Sociology from UW-Madison.

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