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Carol A. Heimer

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Research Professor

Joint appointment

Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago

Bio

Carol A. Heimer is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. She received her BA from Reed College and her PhD from the University of Chicago. Heimer has written on risk and insurance (Reactive Risk and Rational Action), organization theory (Organization Theory and Project Management, co-authored with Stinchcombe), the sociology of…

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Research focus

Sociology of law; global and transnational sociology. Research has focused on the relationship between law and other systems of rules and norms; the diffusion of more legalistic forms of governance to healthcare (HIV clinics, infant intensive care units); and the diffusion and adaptation of rules as they flow across boundaries


Publications

Cover of The New Legal Realism: Studying Law Globally The New Legal Realism: Studying Law Globally
Cambridge University Press
Colonizing the Clinic: The Adventures of Law in HIV Treatment and Research
Cambridge University Press
Resilience in the Middle: Contributions of Regulated Organizations to Regulatory Success
649 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 139

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Presentations

Colonizing the Clinic: The Adventures of Law in HIV Treatment and Research
Apr 2014
Regulatory Wranglers: Lay Theorizing about Context in HIV Clinics
Aug 2013
Aiming for Responsibility; Settling for Accountability
Jun 2013

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Law and Society Association
  • Co-Editor, Regulation and Governance
  • Director, Legal Studies Program, Northwestern University
  • Member, Inaugural Editorial Board, Regulation and Governance
  • Member, Editorial Board, Sociological Theory
  • Member, Editorial Committee, book series on “Risk and Regulation,” Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics
  • Member, Special Committee on Bioethics and Law, American Bar Association

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