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Professor Jan Pakulski

MA (Warsaw), PhD (ANU)

Elected: 2006

Discipline: Sociology

Specialisation: Social inequality; Social movements; Sociology of elites; Democratization;


Professor Jan Pakulski is Emeritus Professor at the University of Tasmania. He is author, co-author and (co-editor) of 11 books and c. 120 scholarly articles on social inequality, elites, social movements, postcommunism in Central and Eastern Europe, and social change. His two main areas of current sociological research are 'political elites', 'democratization' and 'social inequality'. Pakulski also maintains interest in the areas of 'mass social movements', including the 'environmental' movement in Australia. He is a fellow of the Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality and a member of Editorial/Advisory Boards of "Polish Sociological Review", "Citizenship Studies", "Australian Journal of Social Issues", and the "Australian Social Monitor".


Markowski, Stefan and Jan Pakulski (guest eds) (2010), The Solidarity Decade: An Australian Perspective. Special Issue of Humanities Research, vol. XVI (3), 2010, Canberra: ANU Press.

Pakulski, Jan, Heinrich Best, Verona Best and Ursula Hoffmann-Lange (eds) (2012) Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics, Special Issue of Historical Social Research vol. 37 (1)

Pakulski, Jan and Andras Korosenyi (2012) Toward Leader Democracy New York and London: Anthem Press (paperback edition in 2014).

Pakulski, Jan and Stefan Markowski (2014) Guest Editors, Special Issue of Journal of Sociology vol.50(1) on Migration and Multiculturalism, SAGE.

Killingsworth, Matthew, Jan Pakulski and Matthew Sussex (eds) (2015) Violence and the State. Manchester: University of Manchester Press.

Pakulski, Jan and Bruce Tranter (2015) Declining Political Leadership in Australia: Careers of Australian Parliamentarians. NY: Palgrave/Macmillan.


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