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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 (with honors), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Stephanie L. Mudge is Associate Professor 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. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social Science History Association, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Sociological Association's Political Sociology Section, and is on the editorial boards of the Socio-Economic Review and Social Science History.

Professor Mudge's book, Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism (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.

  • Leftism Reinvented won the 2019 Barrington Moore Award in Comparative Historical Sociology and the 2019 Distinguished Contribution Award in Political Sociology from the American Sociological Association (ASA). It also received an honorable mention for the ASA's 2019 Viviana Zelizer Award in Economic Sociology.


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Postdocs & affiliations:

  • 2007-2008   Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
  • 2008-2009   Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
  • 2012-2014   Politics Department & the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield
  • 2018 [July]   Visiting Fellow, MPIfG, Cologne
  • 2018 [Fall]   Visiting Fellow, MaxPo/Sciences Po, Paris

Research Focus

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

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles & book chapters:

Mudge, Stephanie L. In press. “The Impossible History of Democratic Socialism: An American Tale.” In Michael J. Thompson and Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker, eds., An Inheritance for Our Times: The Principles and Politics of Democratic Socialism

Mudge, Stephanie L. In press. “States, Parties and Expertise.” In Janoski, Misra, De Leon and Martin, eds, The New Handbook of Political Sociology. Cambridge University Press.

Lawrence, Christopher J & *Stephanie L. Mudge*. 2019. “Movement to Market, Currency to Property: the Rise and Fall of Bitcoin as an Anti-State Movement.” Socio-Economic Review 17, 1: 109-134.

Mudge, Stephanie L. & Antoine Vauchez. 2018. “Modeling the European Economy: The Necessity of Calculating Europe.” Historical Social Research 43, 3: 248-73. 

Mudge, Stephanie L. 2017. “Neo-liberalism and the Study of ‘Isms’.” In Outhwaite, ed., SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology.

Mudge, Stephanie L. & Antoine Vauchez. 2016. “Fielding Supranationalism: The Hyper-Scientized European Central Bank as a Field Effect.” The Sociological Review Monographs 64, 2: 146–169.

Mudge, Stephanie L. 2016. “Neoliberalism, Accomplished and Ongoing.” In Springer, Birch, & Macleavey, eds., Handbook of Neoliberalism. Routledge.

Mudge, Stephanie L. 2015. "Explaining Political Tunnel Vision: Politics and Economics in Crisis-ridden Europe, Then and Now." European Journal of Sociology 56, 1: 63-91.

Mudge, Stephanie L. & Anthony Chen. 2014. “Political Parties and the Sociological Imagination: Past, Present, and Future Directions.” Annual Review of Sociology 40: 305-30. 

Mudge, Stephanie L. & Antoine Vauchez. 2012. “Building Europe on a Weak Field: Law, Economics and Scholarly Avatars in Transnational Politics.” American Journal of Sociology 118, 2: 449-492.

Mudge, Stephanie L. 2011. “What's Left of Leftism? Neoliberal Politics in Western Party Systems, 1945-2004.” Social Science History 35 (Fall): 

Mudge, Stephanie L. 2008.“*What is Neo-liberalism?” Socio-Economic Review 6, 4: 703-731.


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.


2019 Barrington Moore Book Award, Comparative Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association (ASA)
2019 Distinguished Contribution Book Award, Political Sociology, ASA
2019 Viviana Zelizer Book Award, Honorable Mention, Economic Sociology, ASA
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