Nicholas Christakis, Frederick F. Wherry to Join Faculty in 2013

Department News
January 15, 2013

Frederick F. Wherry will join the Yale faculty as Professor of Sociology on July 1 2013. Professor Wherry, currently at Columbia University, is the author of several noted books on the intersection of culture and economic processes, including The Culture of Markets(Polity, 2012), The Philadelphia Barrio (University of Chicago Press, 2011), and Global Markets and Local Crafts (Johns Hopkins, 2008). He will be pursuing his current U.S.-based work on how people of color understand and use money.

Nicholas Christakis, currently at Harvard, will join the Yale faculty on July 1 as the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science. Dr. Christakis’ many publications have focused on the social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. His work, via his Human Nature Lab, currently concentrates on the network properties of, and influences on, health behaviors and traits. He is the author of Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care (Chicago, 2001) and coauthor of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (Little, Brown & Co., 2009/Back Bay Books, 2011).

The Department looks forward delightedly to Professors Christakis’ and Wherry’s arrival this coming summer!