Published on November 11th, 20121
This Week’s Social Scientist
Popular Social Science is starting a new series of interviews with social scientist belonging to different disciplines.
What is your name, age, and which scientific discipline do you adhere to?
- My name is Lillian, I’m 25 years old, and I’m a political scientist.
And your favorite food is?
- Hmm, let me think about that for a second… Sushi, definitely.
We have heard that you have a hobby that is not so common for a social scientist…
- That is correct. On my spare time I love to dance. My favorite is Lindy Hop, which is the original 1920’s type of Swing, originating in New York. I also enjoy salsa (the dance) and Argentinian Tango.
Who is your favorite academic author?
- Well, it changes over time, but right now I must say it is Kenneth Waltz, even though Popular Social Science wrote a critical article about him wanting Iran to have nuclear weapons. The reason I enjoy reading Waltz is that he is a great writer, who has an intriguing way of communicating his theories to the reader.
(Kenneth Waltz is a Columbia and Berkeley Professor in political science. His most famous work is Man, the State, and War.)
And who is your favorite social scientist?
- That one is easy; it is Professor Ola Listhaug, no doubt about that. He is extremely inspiring, and a major player within the fields of public opinion research and conflict studies.
(Ola Listhaug is professor in political science at NTNU, who has, among several other awards, received the Heinz Eulau Award for best article in American Political Science Review.)
Which famous social scientist would you like to meet, and why?
- My answer is Ronald Inglehart (professor in political science at the University of Michigan). The reason is first and foremost because of his theory on post-materialism, which is the scientific version of a potato; it can be used in so many different contexts.