Dr. Zsuzsa Gille

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Associate Professor of Sociology
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Associate Professor of LAS Global Studies
Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science
Associate Professor of School of Earth, Society, and Environment
Center for Global Studies
European Union Center

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Office Hours

  • On leave in 2013-14

Biography

Zsuzsa Gille is Associate Professor of Sociology at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is author of From the Cult
of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and
Postsocialist Hungary
(Indiana University
Press 2007—recipient of honorable mention of the AAASS Davis Prize), co-editor
of Post-Communist Nostalgia with Maria Todorova (Berghahn Press 2010),
and co-author of Global
Ethnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in a Postmodern World

(University of California Press, 2000).
She was the special guest editor of Slavic Review’s thematic cluster on
Nature, Culture, Power (2009). She has published on issues of qualitative
methodology as it relates to globalization and new concepts of space, on
environmental politics and on the sociology of food. 

 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Eastern Europe
  • European Union
  • Sociology of Consumption
  • Sociology of Food
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Materiality
  • Waste
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Ethnography

Research Description

  • My research lies at the
    intersection of transnational sociology (with a focus on the European Union and
    postsocialist countries), environmental sociology, and the sociology of
    consumption. Rather than constituting myself as a narrowly focused specialist
    in these subdisciplines, I make them speak to each other in ways that open up new
    research directions. My empirical inquiries have been motivated by theoretical
    questions concerning the nature of local-global relations, the role culture
    plays in large-scale social transformations, and the role of nature and the
    material object world in shaping society. I pursue these questions empirically
    in my qualitative and historical research, which explores the relationship
    between identity politics and economic grievances that emerge from the effect
    of globalization and EU legal harmonization in the areas of the environment and
    agriculture. I am particularly interested in environmental, safety and ethical standards in food production and their effects on economic inequality. Most recently I have turned to the investigation of materiality, that is how nature and the object world help shape society. The
    methodological approach I apply, which is informed by the extended case method,
    relational comparison and global ethnography, allows me to study individual
    cases in great depth while at the same time tying them to large-scale social
    transformations.

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz. 1999.

Distinctions / Awards

  • BOOK AWARD: 2008. American Association for the Study of Slavic Societies (Predecessor of ASEEES). Davis Prize, honorable mention for From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary.
  • Evaluated as excellent teacher in Spring 2000 and Fall 2000, Fall 2002, Spring 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2010, Spring 2011 (UIUC).

External URLs

  • http://illinois.academia.edu/ZsuzsaGille

Courses

  • SOC 596 Nature and Technology from Transnational Perspective
  • SOC 582 Global Ethnographies: A Graduate Study in Local-Global Relations
  • SOC 501 Contemporary Theory: Power, Culture and Subjectivity
  • SOC 522 Recent Developments in the Study of Postsocialism
  • SOC 447 Environmental Sociology: Nature, Culture, Power
  • SOC 480 Fieldwork Methods: Consuming Observations
  • SOC 366 Postsocialism: Economy, Culture and Power in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
  • SOC 496ZG Identity, Culture, and Citizenship in the New European Union
  • SOC 396 Globalization From Below

Publications

Books

  • Post-Communist Nostalgia. . Ed. Zsuzsa Gille and Maria Todorova. New York: Berghahn Press, 2009.
  • Gille, Zsuzsa. From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary. . Indiana University Press, 2007.
  • Gille, Zsuzsa, Michael Burawoy , Joseph A. Blum, Sheba George, Teresa Gowan, Lynne Haney, Maren Klawiter, Steven H. Lopez, Sean O. Riain, and Millie Thayer. Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in a Postmodern World. . . Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000.

Book Contributions


  • "Materiality." Framing the Global. . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

  • "Food, leftovers, and waste." The Handbook of Food Research. . Berg Publishers, 2013.

  • "“Global Ethnography 2.0: Materializing the Transnational.” ." Beyond Methodological Nationalism Research Methodologies for Cross-Border Studies. . . Ed. Anna Amelina, Devrimsel . Nergiz, Thomas Faist, and Nina . Schiller . New York: Routledge, 2012. 93-110.

  • ""The Tale of the Toxic Paprika: The Hungarian Taste of Euro-Globalization.” ." Food and Everyday Life in Postsocialist Eurasia. . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. 97-128.

Journal Articles

  • "From Risk to Waste: Global Food Waste Regimes." The Sociological Review Monograph Series (2013):
  • "“The Hungarian Foie Gras Boycott: Struggles for Moral Sovereignty in Postsocialist Europe.”." Eastern European Politics and Societies 25 (2011): 114-128..
  • "“Is There a Global Postsocialist Condition?” ." Global Society 24.1 (2010): 9-30.
  • "“Reassembling the Macrosocial: Modes of Production, Actor Networks and Waste Regimes.”." Environment and Planning A (2010): 1049-1064..
  • Gille, Zsuzsa. "From Nature as Proxy to Nature as Actor." Slavic Review 68.1 (2009):
  • Gille, Zsuzsa. "Europeanising hungarian waste policies: Progress or regression?." Environmental Politics 13.1 (2004): 114-+.
  • Gille, Zsuzsa, and Sean O'Riain. "“Global Ethnography.”." Annual Review of Sociology 28 (2002): 271-95.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Nature, Culture and Power. Spec. iss. of Slavic Review 68.1 (2009):

Website Articles

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "“Socialist Societies.” ." Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste . Sage, 2012.
  • "“Sociology of Waste.” ." Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste . Sage, 2012.