David Sorge

Faculty Advisors: 

Randall Collins, Guobin Yang, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi (Rutgers)

Research Interests: 

Emotions; Conversation; Social Movements; Strategic Interaction; Conflict Escalation and De-Escalation; Self-Formation; Theory


David Sorge's research interests consider the intersection of cognition, emotion, and decision-making in face-to-face encounters. His research focuses on the processes of conflict-escalation and de-escalation, and the various environmental, interactional, and biographical resources people bring to bear in moments when they have to make life-or-death decisions.

He is also interested in the meso-micro link in sociology, in examining the ways in which habits of body and mind are formed in institutionalized interactions within organizations, as those organizations provide interaction arenas and sustain communication links between the persons who reside in and sustain those institutions.

Among his current research interests are applications of dual-process models of cognition and emotion to microsociological research, and real-world approaches to strategy and agency in the study of social movements.

His dissertation research examines the ways in which the changing meso-dynamics of organizations and local economy have influenced political behavior in settled and unsettled times in an area of agricultural North India.

Before coming to Penn, David worked as a research analyst in the PLATINUM study, the largest interview-based sociological study of America's institutional leadership to date, with interviews of 550 leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

He graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Linguistics and Asian Studies. He is conversationally proficient in Hindu, Urdu, German, Dhivehi (from the Maldives), and has an intermediate reading knowledge of Classical Arabic.

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