Jon Elster: Curriculum Vitae


Positions | Research activities | Editorial activities | Named lectures

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Civil Status
Born February 22 1940 in Oslo, Norway. Citizen of Norway. Resident of Norway.

Academic degrees
Mag.art.(philosophy) from the University of Oslo, 1966. Thesis: "Prise de conscience dans la Phénoménologie de l'Esprit de Hegel".
Docteur ès lettres et sciences sociales from the University of Paris V, 1972. Thesis: "Production et reproduction: Essai sur Marx".

Positions held
Research fellow, Norwegian Research Council, 1968-1971.
Boursier du gouvernement français, 1968-1971.
Pensionnaire étranger, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1968-1971.
Research Fellow, University of Oslo, 1971-1973.
Visiting associate professor of philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1973, 1977.
Associate professor of sociology, University of Paris VIII, 1973-1977
Associate professor of history and philosophy, University of Oslo 1975-1985
Visiting professor of philosophy, Stanford University, 1977.
Visiting director of studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1978, 1980, 1981,1982, 1983, 1987, 1988.
Visiting professor of political science, University of Chicago, 1979, 1981,1983
Member, Norwegian Academy of Sciences, since 1981
Visiting fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1982
Professor of political science and philosophy, University of Chicago, 1984-1995 (1989-1995: Edward L.Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor).
Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Science, Columbia University, 1995-
Research director, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, 1984 to present.
Visiting professor of philosophy, California Institute of Technology, 1984
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, since 1988
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship awarded for 1989.
Member, Academia Europaea since 1989
Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo, 1990-92.
Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy since 1991

Research activities
Director of a research project on "Democracy and Social Planning", funded by the Norwegian Research Council for the Humanities, 1980-1982.
Coordinator of a working group on rationality funded by the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme(Paris) and the Norwegian Research Council. The group met annually in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1986.
Coordinator of a working group on Marxism, funded by the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1979-1990.
Coordinator (with George Loewenstein) of a working group on intertemporal choice, funded by the Russell Sage Foundation. The group met annually from 1986 to 1991.
Director of a research project on the distributive consequences of unemployment, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 1985-1987.
Director of a research project on the allocation of children in divorce and child welfare cases, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 1985-1988 and 1991-94.
Director of a research project on strategic aspects of collective wage bargaining, funded by the Norwegian Research Council for Applied Social Science, 1987-91.
Director of a research project on "Local justice: The allocation of scarce resources", funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, 1987-91.
Initiator and coordinator of an international project on "Local justice", with branches in Brazil, France, Germany, Norway and the United States, 1987 to present.
Director (with Russell Hardin, Stephen Holmes, Bernard Manin and Adam Przeworski) of the Center for Ethics, Rationality and Society, University of Chicago, 1986-1994.
Director (with Stephen Holmes, Wiktor Osiatynski and Cass Sunstein) of The Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe, University of Chicago Law School, 1990 to present.
Director (with Claus Offe and Ulrich Preuss) of a research project on "Constitutional politics and Economic transformation in post-communist societies", funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung, 1992-1994.
Member of the steering group for "Behavioral economics" 1993-1998, Russell Sage Foundation.
Initiator and coordinator of a project on "Addiction", funded by the Norwegian Research Council for Social Science, 1992-97.
Director (with Stephen Holmes, Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski and Cass Sunstein) of the Chicago Center for the Study of Democracy, 1994- 1995.
Director (with Stephen Holmes) of a research project on "Retroactive justice in societies that have recently emerged from totalitarian rule" , funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995-1998.

Editorial activities
Editor (with Michael McPherson) of "Studies in Rationality and Social Change", published by Cambridge University Press.
Editor (with G.A.Cohen and John Roemer) of "Studies in Marxism and Social Theory", published by Cambridge University Press and the Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.
Editor (with Stephen Holmes, Wiktor Osiatynski and Cass Sunstein) of "Studies in Constitution-Making in Eastern Europe", to be published by University of Chicago Press.
On the editorial board of Archives Européennes de Sociologie, European Sociological Review, Economics and Philosophy, Government and Opposition, Social Science Information, Inquiry, Journal of Peace Research, Science in Context, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Theory and Decision , Philosophy of the Social Sciences, European Journal of Philosophy .

Named lectures
Vaughn Memorial Lecture, Balliol College, Oxford, 1980, 1987
Chichele Lecture, All Souls College, Oxford, 1982
George Lurcy Lecture, University of Chicago, 1984
Gareth Evans Memorial Lecture, Oxford University 1986
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Brasenose College, Oxford University 1987
Duijker Lecture, Amsterdam 1990
Schumpeter Lecture, European Economic Association Meeting, Lisbon 1990
Cooley Lectures, University of Michigan Law School 1991
Rabbi Irving M.Levey Lecture, Princeton University 1991.
Storrs Lectures, Yale Law School 1991
John M.Olin Lecture on Law and Economics, University of Virginia Law School 1992
John Dewey Lecture in the Philosophy of Law, Harvard Law School 1992
Amnesty Lecture, Oxford University 1993
Wei Lun Visiting Professsor, Chinese University of Hong Kong 1994
Currie Lecture, Duke Law School 1995
John M.Olin Public Lecture on Law and Economics, Canadian Law and Economics Association Meeting, Toronto 1995.
Melden Lecture, University of California at Irvine 1996.

Prizes and awards
The prize of the Norwegian Research Council for excellence in research, 1992.
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Valencia, 1995.


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