Neil Joseph Smelser
University of California, Berkeley
Sociologist; Educator; Academic and research institution administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anthropology and Archaeology
Sociological research has centered on processes of social change (in general and in nineteenth century Britain)l collective behavior and social movements; the sociology of higher education; sociological theory; and social applications of psychoanalytic thought. His career has also involved service in educational administration, and seven years as director and administrator of research in the social sciences.