I am a recent PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. In my dissertation, I ask why some ideas are more successful than others in effecting both institutional and normative change. Taking Poland's integration into the European Union as my case, I  specifically look at the diffusion of the gender equality agenda in Poland, in an attempt to understand why certain parts of the accession mandate diffused and others did not.

My areas of specialization are: political sociology, sociological theory, gender, globalization and regionalization, cultural sociology, and varieties of capitalism and welfare states.

I have a professional background in criminal justice policy and social service, which informs my interest in criminal justice pedagogy. I have given public lectures, interviews on public radio, and written for the popular press, on sex work and prison rape. Deviance, criminology, and corrections studies are among the courses I have taught at the university level.


photo of city share bicycles in Brussels, Belgium

email me: alexaz [at] umich [dot] edu

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