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I am a postdoctoral researcher in sociology. I am particularly interested in social inequalities and quantitative relational methods (sequence analysis, social network analysis, geometric data analysis). I am currently a guest research fellow at the Copenhagen Business School, with an 18-month grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for the period May 2019-December 2020. Before that I did my PhD at the University of Lausanne, and worked for a year and a half as a postdoctoral researcher there.

I have three main axes of research. 1) I focus on the structure of scientific fields, particularly on economics. I study careers and networks of economics professors. I am currently co-editing a collective book under contract with Routledge called "The power and influence of economists: contributions to the Social Studies of Economics", scheduled to be published in 2020. 2) I work on relations among elite groups and elite coordination. I am funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation to uncover power relations among Swiss elites, identify a particularly integrated core within the Swiss elite network, namely the "power elite", and describe the evolution of the composition of its members between 1910 and 2015. My colleagues from CBS and I are also working on developing new methods and concepts in the comparison of power elites at the European level. 3) I focus on social movements and the biographical consequences of activism. I currently collaborate on the life course of activists who were involved in the May 68 movements in France. We primarily focus on the interactions between different life spheres of leftist, unionist and feminist activists, particularly on their involvement in different movements, their educational and occupational career, and their affective life. We are working on a book on the topic.



GAUTIER MORIN, Johanna, & ROSSIER, Thierry, forthcoming, “The Interaction of Elite Networks in the Pinochet Regime’s Macroeconomic Policies”, in Global Networks. A journal of transnational affairs.

ROSSIER, Thierry, 2020, “Accumulation and conversion of capitals in professorial careers. The importance of scientific reputation, network relations, and internationality in economics and business studies”, in Higher Education, online first. DOI:.

ROSSIER, Thierry, 2019, “Prosopography, Networks, Life Course Sequences, and so on. Quantifying with or beyond Bourdieu?”, in Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, vol. 144, no 1. DOI:

ROSSIER, Thierry, & FILLIEULE, Olivier, 2019, “Devenir(s) militants. Les conséquences biographiques de l'engagement des soixante-huitard.e.s français.e.s” (“Activist afterlives. The biographical consequences of the French 68ers’ activism”), in Revue française de science politique, vol. 69, no 4. DOI:

ROSSIER, Thierry, & BÜHLMANN, Felix, 2018, “Internationalisation of Economics and Business Studies: Import of Excellence, Cosmopolitan Capital or American Dominance?”, in Historical Social Research, vol. 43, no 3: 189-215. DOI:

BÜHLMANN, Felix, ROSSIER, Thierry, & BENZ, Pierre, 2018, “The Elite Placement Power of Professors of Law and Economic Sciences”, in KORSNES, Olav, HJELLBREKKE, Johs., SAVAGE, Mike, HEILBRON, Johan, & BÜHLMANN, Felix, New Directions in Elite Studies, Oxford & New York: Routledge: 247-264.

ROSSIER, Thierry, “Construire au moyen d’une analyse des correspondances multiples dynamique l’espace des devenirs soixante-huitards” (“Building through multiple correspondence analysis the space of the 68ers’ afterlives”), 2018, in FILLIEULE, Olivier, SOMMIER, Isabelle, BEROUD, Sophie, & MASCLET, Camille, Changer le monde, changer sa vie: Enquête sur les militantes et militants des années 68 en France, Arles: Actes Sud: 1087-1106.

BÜHLMANN, Felix, BENZ, Pierre, MACH, André, & ROSSIER, Thierry, 2017, “Mapping the Power of Law Professors: the Role of Scientific and Social Capital”, in Minerva. A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, vol. 55, no 4: 509-531. DOI:

ROSSIER, Thierry, BÜHLMANN, Felix, & MACH, André, 2017, “The Rise of Professors of Economics and Business Studies in Switzerland: between Scientific Reputation and Political Power”, in European Journal of Sociology, vol. 58, no 2: 295-326. DOI:

ROSSIER, Thierry, BEETSCHEN, Marion, MACH, André, & BÜHLMANN, Felix, 2015, “Internationalisation des élites académiques suisses au XXe siècle: convergences et contrastes” (“Internationalisation of the Swiss academic elites in the 20th century: convergences and contrasts”), in Cahiers de la recherche sur l'éducation et les savoirs, vol. 14: 119-139. Weblink:





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