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OLIVIA NICOL

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Research Interests:
Social Sciences
Discipline: Sociology
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Biography

Olivia Nicol is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on the interplay between morals and markets in economic sociology. Recent work examines political conflicts emerging in the aftermath of major economic disasters and how responsibility for complex and collective economic failures becomes diluted in an entanglement of actors, actions and mechanisms. Her current book project, The Blame Game, focuses on attribution of responsibility for the recent financial crisis in the United States (2007 – 2010). Dr. Nicol has a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, and was a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

Publications

Articles

  • Nicol, Olivia. 2016. No Body to Kick, No Soul to Damn: Responsibility and Accountability for the Financial Crisis (2007-2010). Journal of Business Ethics. (Online first).

Non-Academic publications

  • Sassen, Saskia with Olivia Nicol and Marta Walinska. 2010. The Global Labour Market at a Tipping Point. The Economist Intelligence Unit, April 2010

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Columbia University, 2016
  • MA, HEC Paris and IAE-La Sorbonne, 2005
  • MA, ScienCes-po Paris, 2004

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIP

  • Max Weber post-doctoral fellowship, European University Institute (EUI). 2015-2016.
  • Axa Research Foundation. Dissertation Fellowship (120,000 euros). 2010-2015.
  • Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Columbia University. 2012-2014.
  • Charles Tilly Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Sociology, Columbia University. 2011.
  • Nominee, Presidential Teaching Award, Columbia University. 2010.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Economic and organizational sociology.
  • Business ethics.
  • Attribution of responsibility.