Kohli Fellowship 2024: Alexander Hoppe

  • Post published:May 9, 2024
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After announcing the laureates of the Kohli Prize for Sociology and the Infrastructure Prize for Sociology 2024 in the last two weeks, we are pleased to present this year’s Kohli Fellow: Alexander Hoppe, who previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, will continue his research at the WZB.

About Alexander Hoppe

Alexander Hoppe’s scholarly interests include economic sociology, political economy, work, organizations, strategy, social psychology, qualitative methods, culture, consumption, and sociological theory. His scholarly agenda is to build a relationship between micro-level creative action and global capitalism. Substantively, the $1.5 trillion fashion industry offers a novel starting point for identifying and solving issues of general theoretical interest.

Among other outlets, his work has been published in Socio-Economic Review, Sociological Forum, Regional Studies, and Poetics. His current book project is an ethnography of the global apparel value chain. It asks where fashion comes from and how anticipation shapes the labor process. His next project will use shopping and closet tours to understand the transnational production of status, quality, and value. Alexander Hoppe’s work has won or been nominated for six awards from the American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management. It has been supported, among other sources, by a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship. He received his BA from UW-Madison and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.