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Greg Yudin

  • Greg Yudin has been at HSE University since 2007.

Education and Degrees

  • 2012

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Ontology and Epistemology
    HSE University

  • 2006

    HSE University

  • 2006

    HSE University

  • 2005
    MA in Sociological Sciences
  • 2004

    HSE University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

PhD Student in Politics, New School for Social Research, New York, 2015-

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2016, 2015, 2014

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers" (2008-2009)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)



  • 2018
    Wertediskurs mit Russland (Берлин). Presentation: Gefährliche Werte und die Falle des Wertediskurses (Опасные ценности и ловушка дискурса ценностей)
  • XXV Международный симпозиум "Пути России. Границы политики" (Москва). Presentation: Изегория и свобода мнения: что будет, если давать слово нелибералам?
  • Third Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies "Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia" (Тарту). Presentation: Sociology of the Underrepresented
  • Living in the World of Neurotechnologies: Social and Ethical Problems (Москва). Presentation: Бросает ли нейронаука вызов социальной науке?
  • 2017
    Civil Society in the XXI century (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Respect and despise: Hegel’s theory of public opinion
  • Images of sovereignty (Лёвен). Presentation: Taming the sovereign: plebiscite against popular democracy in Max Weber’s theory of sovereignty
  • Salzburg Workshop in Legal and Political Philosophy (Зальцбург). Presentation: Plebiscitarianism is not populism: what Putin’s rule tells about the crisis of liberal democracy
  • 49th Annual ASEEES Convention (Чикаго). Presentation: Two Memories and Multiple Pasts for Russian History
  • Russian Economic Challenge (Москва). Presentation: Ресурсное проклятие и демократия: Кому нужна диверсификация?
  • 2016
    First Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy (Брага). Presentation: Public opinion polls as a technology of dual representation
  • How to be Authoritarian? (Нью-Йорк). Presentation: Governing through polls: Putin’s support and political representation in Russia
  • 2015
    Back to the Future? Ideas and Strategies of Retrograde Modernization in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region (Берлин). Presentation: Assembling the people: Strategies of manufacturing popular sovereignty through opinion polls
  • 2014
    Annual Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists: Anthropology and Enlightenment (Эдинбург). Presentation: To pay and not to pay: Moral regimes of debt economies in Russian towns
  • Intellectual History vis-a-vis the Sociology of Knowledge: between Models and Cases (Москва). Presentation: Historicism and sociologism in the history of German sociology: The case of Helmut Schelsky
  • 12th Conference on Urban History Cities in Europe, Cities in the World (Лиссабон). Presentation: Strategies of manufacturing tourist experience in a small town: Local community and symbolic construction in Myshkin
  • 2013
    Экономическая культура: ценности и интересы (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Free Riders between Models and Bus Stops: For a Sociology of Disembedded Economy
  • 2012
    Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories meet Economic Realities? (Москва). Presentation: Free Riders between Models and Bus Stops: For a Sociology of Disembedded Economy
  • 2011

    Debt: Interdisciplinary considerations of an enduring human passion (Кембридж). Presentation: To pay and not to pay: Symbolic meaning and structure of debt relationships in a Russian town

  • 13th Annual Philosophy of social science roundtable (Париж). Presentation: Reflexivity at the crossroads: from reflexive objectification to reflexive subjectification
  • 30th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (Белград). Presentation: Between reality and reflexivity: Helmut Schelsky and transformations of German sociology
  • 2010
    On Error (Лондон). Presentation: Community of errors: The paradox of logical socialism

Employment history

2012- Senior Researcher, Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

2018- Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Higher School of Economics

2013- Professor of Political Philosophy, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

2007-2018 Lecturer in Economic Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

2007-2011 Researcher, Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Education and Academic degrees

2005 MA, Sociology

University of Manchester

Dissertation: “Theoretical-practical position of sociologist in Pierre Bourdieu’s epistemological project”

Professional Interests

  • Social theory
  • Political ontology
  • Economy and economic knowledge
  • Latent variables in quantitative data analysis

Timetable for today

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Popularizing the Humanities vs. the Natural Sciences

Hearing about research advances in medicine, biology, or physics in public discourse is a common occurrence. However, the question of whether scholarly activity in the social sciences and the humanities should be popularized has always been left unanswered. What are the features of communication between humanities and society and the media? Are different fields of knowledge popularized differently? Physicists, linguists, sociologists, science communicators, and journalists discussed this question on the eve of the Day of Russian Science at the Total Dictation Conference in Moscow.

Classics in New Economic Sociology

On January 27, 2015, HSE First-Vice Rector Prof. Vadim V. Radaev and Dr. Greg B. Yudin announced the closure of ‘Classics in New Economic Sociology’ - a mega translation project of the HSE Laboratory for the Studies in Economic Sociology. The project ran from 2001-2015.

Sociology and History: a Common Interest

The International Summer School ‘Intellectual History vis-a-vis the Sociology of Knowledge: Between Models and Cases,’ organized by HSE’s Poletayev Institute for Historical and Theoretical Studies in the Humanities, has come to an end. Researchers from Russia, England, France, Hungary, the U.S., and Germany discussed general mechanisms concerning the development of socio-humanitarian knowledge, its processes and its decay over the last several centuries.