Liah Greenfield

Professor Greenfeld's current interests are the philosophy of social sciences, philosophy of culture, nationalism, modern society, and comparative civilizations. She has held appointments as John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Science at Harvard University, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and several times as Visiting Professor at the summer university of the law faculty at University of Fribourg, Switzerland. In 1984 she was awarded a Mellon Fellowship. She was a John M. Olin Research Fellow from 1987-1988, in 1989 and 1990 a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton and in 1997/98 received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 2004 she delivered the Gellner Lecture at the London School of Economics. Her books include Center: Ideas and Institutions (1988) (coedited with Michael Martin), Different Worlds: A Study in the Sociology of Taste, Choice, and Success in Art (1989), Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity (1992), Nationalisme i Modernitat (1999), and The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth (2001), for which she won the 2002 Donald Kagan Best Book in European History Prize. The first volume of her Essays on Culture should be published in 2006.
Professor Greenfeld's work has appeared in French, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, Catalan, and Slovenian. A Chinese translation of The Spirit of Capitalism was published in 2004. The Russian and Spanish translations of Nationalism are expected in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Her next project is a book on culture and proper approaches to its study.