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Stephanie L. Mudge


  • 2007 PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2001 MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1995 BA, Urban Studies and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Stephanie L. Mudge is Associate Professor (effective July 2018) of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. She is a historical, political, and economic sociologist specialized in the theoretically-driven analysis of Western politics, economies, and expertise.

Professor Mudge's new book, Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism (May 2018, Harvard University Press), develops a century-long comparative, historical, and biographically-sensitive analysis of the American Democrats, the German and Swedish Social Democrats, and the British Labour Party. Focusing on the central role experts play as interpreters, representatives, and spokespersons inside political parties, the book tracks how close mid-20th Century ties between economics professions and center-left parties hitched their fates to each other--such that when economics changed, left parties changed with it. The result was a new role for economists as spokespersons for markets and, alongside them, the rise of new strategic experts and policy specialists who spoke for 'what wins' and 'what works.' The result, however, was a declining capacity to meaningfully represent the historical poor, working, and middle-class constituencies of left parties.

Research Focus

  • social theory
  • historical, political & economic sociology
  • neoliberalism
  • Western politics & political parties
  • monetary & financial government

Selected Publications


Stephanie Mudge teaches social theory, political and economic sociology, sociology of knowledge, and an introductory course in social problems. She also has taught courses on education, research methods, neoliberalism, and a special undergraduate seminar on debt.


2016-17 Individual Research Grant, UC-Davis Institute for Social Sciences (ISS)
2013-14 Research Fellowship, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)
2012-13 France-Berkeley Fund Fellowship (co-PI: A. Vauchez, CNRS/Sorbonne)
2011-14 Hellman Family Foundation Fellowship (for Assistant Professor-level faculty who exhibit
great potential for distinction), University of California
2008-09 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), Cologne
2007-08 Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence
2005 Outstanding GSI Award for Excellence in Teaching, UC-Berkeley
2003-04 Fulbright IIE Dissertation Fellowship (affiliated with Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven)
1995 Mandell Writing Award, Social Sciences Category, University of Pennsylvania
1995 Norman Glickman Award, Best Urban Studies Thesis, University of Pennsylvania
1995 E. Digby Baltzell Award, Best Sociology Honors Thesis, University of Pennsylvania