Faculty

Rebecca Jean Emigh


Professor


Contact Information

Email    emigh@soc.ucla.edu
Office  252a Haines Hall
Phone  310-206-9546
I study long-term processes of social change.

In particular, I am interested in how cultural, economic, and demographic factors intersect to create these processes of social change. This interest is reflected in two large research projects, one on transitions to capitalisms and one on forms of information gathering. In both projects, in different ways, I use historical perspectives and mixed methods to analyze the similarities and differences in these social phenomena in the past and present. I am especially interested in a "view from below," that is, how ordinary people affect social relations, and thus, the course of history.

Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago, 1993.
M.A. Statistics, University of Chicago, 1990.
M.A. Sociology, Columbia University, 1985.
B.A. Sociology, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University, 1984.

Selected Publications

 Antecedents of Censuses From Medieval to Nation States: How Societies and States Count (Volume 1) and Changes in Censuses from Imperialist to Welfare States: How Societies and States Count (Volume 2). (with Dylan Riley and Patricia Ahmed). Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Volume 1: Palgrave-Macmillan, Springer 

Volume 2: Palgrave-Macmillan, Springer

“The Racialization of Legal Categories in the First US Census.” (Lead author; with Dylan Riley and Patricia Ahmed). Social Science History, 39 (4): 485‒519, 2015.

The Undevelopment of Capitalism: Sectors and Markets in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.

Reviews of The Undevelopment of Capitalism:

Epstein, Steven A. “Review of The Undevelopment of Capitalism: Sectors and Markets in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany.” The Journal of Economic History 71(2):529-530, 2011.

Lachmann, Richard. “Review of The Undevelopment of Capitalism: Sectors and Markets in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 51(3):236-238, 2010.

Mielants, Eric. “Review of The Undevelopment of Capitalism: Sectors and Markets in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany.” Contemporary Sociology 38(6):575-576, 2010.

Stern, Laura Ikins. “Review of The Undevelopment of Capitalism: Sectors and Markets in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 41(1):144-146, 2010.

 

“What Influences Official Information? Exploring Aggregate Microhistories of the Catasto of 1427.” Pp. 199-223 in Small Worlds: Method, Meaning, and Narrative in Microhistory, edited by James F. Brooks, Christopher R. N. DeCorse, and John Walton. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2008.

 

“Internal and External Ethnic Assessments in Eastern Europe.” (with Patricia Ahmed and Cynthia Feliciano.) Social Forces 86(1):231-255, 2007.

 

“The Unmaking of Markets: A Composite Visual History.” Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular 1, 2005. [Online]. Available: http://vectors.usc.edu/index.php?page=7&projectId=5 (click on “launch project”) (Opened at the MOCA, Los Angeles, March 3, 2005).

 

“Household Composition in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe.” (with first author, Patricia Ahmed). The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 25(3):9-41, 2005.

 

“The Great Debates: Transitions to Capitalisms.” Pp. 355-380 in Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology, edited by Julia Adams, Elisabeth Clemens, and Ann Shola Orloff. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.

 

“[The] Transition(s) to Capitalism(s)?: A Review Essay.” Comparative Studies in Society and History  46(1):188-198, 2004.

 

"Economic Interests and Sectoral Relations: The Undevelopment of Capitalism in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany." American Journal of Sociology 108(5):1075-1113, 2003.

 

"Property Devolution in Tuscany." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXXIII(3):385-420, 2003.

 

"Numeracy or Enumeration? The Uses of Numbers by States and Societies." Social Science History 26(4):653-698, 2002. 

 

"Post-Colonial Journeys: Historical Roots of Immigration and Integration." (with first author, Dylan Riley) Comparative Sociology 1:169-191, 2002.

 

"Theorizing Strategies: Households and Markets in 15th-Century Tuscany." The History of the Family 6:495-571, 2001.

 

“Review of Regions, Institutions, and Agrarian Change in European History, by Rosemary L. Hopcroft.” Contemporary Sociology 30(6):601-603, 2001.

 

“The Racialization and Feminization of Poverty? in Poverty, Ethnicity, and Gender in Eastern Europe During Market Transition. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001 (with second author Eva Fodór and third author Iván Szelényi). 

 

“Review of Capitalists in Spite of Themselves: Elite Conflict and Economic Transitions in Early Modern Europe,by Richard Lachmann. American Journal of Sociology 106(3):832-834, 2000.

 

"Divergent Paths of Agrarian Change: Eastern England and Tuscany Compared." The Journal of European Economic History 29(1):9-51, 2000 (with first author Rosemary L. Hopcroft).

 

"The Gender Division of Labor: The Case of Tuscan Smallholders." Continuity and Change 15(1):117-137, 2000.

 

"Forms of Property Rights or Class Capacities: The Example of Tuscan Sharecropping." Archives Europeennes de Sociologie (The European Journal of Sociology) 41(1):22-52, 2000.

 

"Means and Measures: Property Rights, Political Economy, and Productivity in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany." Social Forces 78(2): 461-490, 1999.

 

"The Length of Leases: Short-Term Contracts and Long-Term Relationships." Viator 30:345-382, 1999.

 

"Traces of Certainty: Recording Death and Taxes in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXX(II, Autumn):181-198, 1999.

 

"The Mystery of the Missing Middle-Tenants: The 'Negative' Case of Fixed-Term Leasing and Agricultural Investment in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany," Theory and Society 27(3):351-375, 1998.

 

"Labor Use and Landlord Control: Sharecroppers' Household Structure in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany," The Journal of Historical Sociology 11(1):37-73, 1998.

 

"Land Tenure, Household Structure, and Fertility: Aggregate Analyses of Fifteenth-Century Rural Tuscan Communities," The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 17(7/8):220-254, 1997.

 

"Land Tenure, Household Structure, and Age of Marriage in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany," The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 27(4):613-635, 1997.

 

"The Spread of Sharecropping in Tuscany: The Political Economy of Transaction Costs," The American Sociological Review 62:423-442, 1997. (Honorable Mention, Barrington Moore Prize for Best Article, Comparative and Historical Section of the American Sociological Association, 1999.) 

 

"The Power of Negative Thinking: The Use of Negative Case Methodology in the Development of Sociological Theory," Theory and Society 26:649-684, 1997.

 

"Loans and Livestock: Comparing Landlords' and Tenants' Declarations from the Catasto of 1427," The Journal of European Economic History 25(3):705-723, 1996.

 

“Review of Fifteen Generations of Bretons: Kinship and Society in Lower Brittany, 1720-1980, by Martine Segalen.” American Journal of Sociology 98(1):214-216, 1992. 

 

"Poverty and Polygyny as Political Protest: The Waldensians and Mormons," Journal of Historical Sociology 5(4):462-484, 1992.

 

Polygynous Fertility: Sexual Competition versus Progeny," American Journal of Sociology 94:832-855, 1989 (second author; with first author: Douglas L. Anderton).

Research

My recent two volume set, How Societies and States Count, was launched at the UCLA CMRS on April 21, 2016 in Royce Hall.

Click here to hear a talk about this project, given at Berkeley, in March 2016.

Upcoming Events:

Professor Emigh will be giving at talk about these books at Northwestern University in October, 2016.

The books are going to be featured at author meets critics session at the Social Science History Association Meetings and at the California Sociological Association Meetings in November, 2016.

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Cultural Sociology: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2015 Winter Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2014 Fall Quarter

Economy and Society

Advanced Honors Seminars

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2014 Winter Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Fall Quarter

Economy and Society

Advanced Honors Seminars

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2013 Winter Quarter

History and Development of Racial and Ethnic Categorization in U.S.

2012 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Comparative and Historical Methods: Research Techniques

2011 Fall Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Comparative and Historical Methods: Strategies of Research and Conceptualization

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2011 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Economy and Society

2010 Fall Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2010 Spring Quarter

Comparative and Historical Methods: Research Techniques

2010 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Comparative and Historical Methods: Strategies of Research and Conceptualization

2009 Fall Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2008 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Cultural Sociology: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

2007 Fall Quarter

Economy and Society

Advanced Honors Seminars

Cultural Sociology: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2007 Winter Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

Comparative and Historical Methods: Research Techniques

2006 Fall Quarter

Economy and Society

Advanced Honors Seminars

Comparative and Historical Methods: Strategies of Research and Conceptualization

2006 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2004 Fall Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Cultural Sociology: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

2004 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2003 Spring Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

2003 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2002 Fall Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2002 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2002 Winter Quarter

Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2001 Fall Quarter

Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

Special Topics in Sociology

2001 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2001 Winter Quarter

Intermediate Statistical Methods II

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2000 Fall Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2000 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2000 Winter Quarter

Economy and Society

1999 Fall Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

1999 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

1999 Winter Quarter

Economy and Society

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

1998 Fall Quarter

Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

SOCIOL 495
Supervised Teaching of Sociology

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 102
Contemporary Sociological Theory

2015 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

HNRS 110
Marxist and Post-Marxist Approaches to Cultural Studies

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 97
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 173
Economy and Society

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 204
Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 98TA
History and Development of Racial and Ethnic Categorization in U.S.

2013 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 211B
Comparative and Historical Methods: Research Techniques

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 211A
Comparative and Historical Methods: Strategies of Research and Conceptualization

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 260
Economy and Society

2011 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 245
Cultural Sociology: Classical and Contemporary Approaches

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

WOM STD 187
Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2007 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 237
Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 22B
Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2002 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 285D
Special Topics in Sociology

2001 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 210B
Intermediate Statistical Methods II

2001 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 173

1998 Spring Quarter

1998 Winter Quarter