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Thierry Rossier, Dr.


Thierry Rossier has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation to work on elite coordination, and on gender inequalities within elite occupations and among business top managers. He is particularly interested in the social studies of economics, on the impact of economists in society and on the scientific and political distinctions among economists. He also works more generally on the social structuration of scientific disciplines and on scientific careers, networks and discourses. He specialises in the use of descriptive quantitative methods, such as geometric data analyses, social network analysis, sequence analysis or topic modelling.  



Since 2022: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Fribourg, Department of Management.
Since 2021: Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, Department of Sociology.
2019-2020: Guest Research Fellow, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.
2017-2019: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Lausanne, Institute of the Social Sciences.
2013-2017: PhD in political science, University of Lausanne, Institute of Political Studies.
2012-2017: Studies of history and French literature and linguistics, University of Lausanne.
2011-2013: School and postsecondary teacher and substitute teacher, Switzerland.
2010-2011: Researcher, University of Lausanne, Institute of Political Studies. 
2005-2010: Studies of political science, specialisation in international relations and international affairs (minor in history and social sciences), University of Lausanne.



Elites and inequalities; Social studies of economics; Gender inequalities; Science, technology and society; Higher education; Quantitative methods in the social sciences



  • Rossier, Thierry, Ellersgaard, Christoph Houman, Larsen, Anton Grau, & Lunding, Jacob Aagaard, 2022, “From integrated to fragmented elites. The core of Swiss elite networks 1910-2015", The British Journal of Sociology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12929.
  • Benz, Pierre, & Rossier, Thierry, 2022, “Is interdisciplinarity distinctive? Scientific collaborations through research projects in natural sciences”, Social Science Information.
  • Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre, 2022, “Carrières universitaires et structure disciplinaire. Les trajectoires des professeur-e-s d’économie en Suisse entre pouvoirs mondains et scientifiques” (“Academic Careers and Disciplinary Structure. The Trajectories of Economics Professors in Switzerland between Society and Scientific Powers”), in Zilsel. Science, technique, société, 10(1): 109-146.
  • Maesse, Jens, Pühringer, Stephan, Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre (eds.), 2021, The power and influence of economists: contributions to the Social Studies of Economics, Abingdon & New York: Routledge. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367817084.
  • Maesse, Jens, Pühringer, Stephan, Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre, 2021, “The role of power in the Social Studies of Economics: an introduction”, in Maesse, Jens, Pühringer, Stephan, Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre (eds.), The power and influence of economists: contributions to the Social Studies of Economics, Abingdon & New York: Routledge: 1-15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367817084
  • Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre, 2021, “Forms of Social Capital in Economics. The Importance of Heteronomous Networks in the Swiss Field of Economists (1980-2000)”, in Maesse, Jens, Pühringer, Stephan, Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre (eds.), The power and influence of economists: contributions to the Social Studies of Economics, Abingdon & New York: Routledge: 227-247. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367817084.
  • Gautier Morin, Johanna, & Rossier, Thierry, 2021, “The Interaction of Elite Networks in the Pinochet Regime’s Macroeconomic Policies”, in Global Networks. A journal of transnational affairs, 21(2): 339-364. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12300.
  • Rossier, Thierry, 2020, “Accumulation and Conversion of Capitals in Professorial Careers. The Importance of Scientific Reputation, Network Relations and Internationality in Economics and Business Studies”, in Higher Education, 80: 1061-1080. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00508-3.
  • Rossier, Thierry, 2019, “Prosopography, Networks, Life Course Sequences, and so on. Quantifying with or beyond Bourdieu?”, in Bulletin of Methodological Sociology, 144(1): 6-39. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0759106319880148.
  • Rossier, Thierry, & Fillieule, Olivier, 2019, “Devenir(s) militants. Proposition de méthode pour une exploration des conséquences biographiques de l’engagement des soixante-huitard.e.s français.e.s”(“Activists’ afterlives. Methodological proposal to explore the biographical consequences of activism of French 68ers”), in Revue française de science politique, 69(4): 631-683. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3917/rfsp.694.0631.
  • Rossier, Thierry, & Bühlmann, Felix, 2018, “Internationalisation of Economics and Business Studies: Import of Excellence, Cosmopolitan Capital or American Dominance?”, in Historical Social Research, 43(3): 189-215. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.43.2018.3.189-215.
  • Rossier, Thierry, 2018, “Construire au moyen d’une analyse des correspondances multiples dynamique l’espace des devenirs soixante-huitards” (“Building through multiple correspondence analysis the space of the 68ers’ afterlives”), in Fillieule, Olivier, Sommier, Isabelle, Beroud, Sophie, & Masclet, Camille, Changer le monde, changer sa vie: Enquête sur les militantes et militants des années 68 en France, Arles: Actes Sud: 1087-1106. URL: https://www.actes-sud.fr/node/63026.
  • Bühlmann, Felix, Rossier, Thierry, & Benz, Pierre, 2018 “The Elite Placement Power of Professors of Law and Economic Sciences”, in Korsnes, Olav, Hjellbrekke, Johs., Savage, Mike, Heilbron, Johan, & Bühlmann, Felix, New Directions in Elite Studies, Oxford & New York: Routledge: 247-264. URL: https://www.routledge.com/New-Directions-in-Elite-Studies/Korsnes-Heilbron-Hjellbrekke-Buhlmann-Savage/p/book/9780367889067.
  • Bühlmann, Felix, Benz, Pierre, Mach, André, & Rossier, Thierry, 2017, “Mapping the Power of Law Professors: the Role of Scientific and Social Capital”, in Minerva. A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, 55(4): 509-531. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11024-017-9333-1.
  • Rossier, Thierry, Bühlmann, Felix, & Mach, André, 2017, “The Rise of Professors of Economics and Business Studies in Switzerland: between Scientific Reputation and Political Power”, in European Journal of Sociology, 58(2): 295-326. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S000397561700011X.
  • Rossier, Thierry, Beetschen, Marion, Mach, André, & Bühlmann, Felix, 2015, “Internationalisation des élites académiques suisses au XXe siècle: convergences et contrastes” (“Internationalisation of the Swiss academic elites in the 20th century: convergences and contrasts”), inCahiers de la recherche sur l'éducation et les savoirs, 14: 119-139. URL: https://cres.revues.org/2780.