Charles Tilly

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Charles Tilly (1929–2008) was a pioneer in joining sociology and history. Throughout his career, he was especially concerned with the ways in which ordinary people made political claims, and how this was shaped by transformations in the state and in capitalism. Most often seen as a structuralist, Tilly was nevertheless deeply concerned with how to understand actors. (…)

Source: Krinsky, John and A. Mische. “Formations and Formalisms: Charles Tilly and the Paradox of the Actor”. Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 39, 2013. Web. 09 Nov 2014.

Charles Tilly was born on May 27, 1929, in Lombard, Ill., and in 1950 graduated from Harvard, where he earned his doctorate in sociology in 1958. He also studied at Oxford and the Catholic University of Angers, France. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He taught at the University of Delaware, Harvard, the University of Toronto, the University of Michigan and what is now the New School before joining Columbia in 1996. He taught at many other schools in North America and Europe for shorter periods.

Source: Charles Tilly Obituary in NY Times. Web. 09 Nov 2014.

Photo: “Social Scholar Tilly Joins Faculty”, Columbia University Record. Web. 09 Nov 2014.