Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor

Office: Social Sciences 314
Phone: 773-702-4545


B.A. Harvard University, 1970
M.A. University of Chicago, 1975
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1982

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Andrew Abbott is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor.

Abbott's major research interests lie in the sociology of occupations, professions, and work, the
sociology of culture and knowledge, and social theory. Abbott also has longstanding interests in
methods, heuristics, and the philosophy and practice of sociology.

Abbott's theoretically-driven textbook for library and online research is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. His current book project is on the future of knowledge, drawing on his papers on library research, research practice, libraries and publishing, humanistic knowledge, and teaching. He continues to work on his longtime book project in general social theory, setting forth a processual ontology of the social world. And he spends much time encouraging his friend Barbara Celarent in her exploration of the world's classics of social analysis.

Selected Recent Publications

Digital Paper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.

"The Problem of Excess: Towards a Social Theory of Too Much." Sociological Theory, forthcoming.

"Googles of the Past" Social Science History, 37:427-455, 2013.

"The Excellence of IT." Pp. 145-166 in M. Herbst, ed. The Institution of Science and the Science of Institutions. Dordrecht: Springer. 2014.