Wesley Longhofer

Associate Professor, Organization and Management, Goizueta Business School
Academica Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Goizueta Business School


Photo of Wesley  LonghoferWesley Longhofer joined the Goizueta Business School in 2012 after receiving his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota. His research and teaching interests include organizational sociology, institutional theory, nonprofits and philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, international law, and the environment. He has also published broadly on voluntary associations, environmental non-profits, and environmental policy reform. His current research includes a global study of philanthropic foundations, a comparative analysis of participation in charitable organizations, and a number of papers on child rights and environmental policies. He has also been awarded for his teaching, written extensively for the popular scholarly magazine Contexts, and is the co-editor of Social Theory Re-Wired(Routledge 2012).


  • Schofer, Evan, David John Frank, Ann Hironaka, and Wesley Longhofer. Forthcoming. "Sociological Institutionalism and World Society." In The New Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, edited by E. Amenta, K. Nash, and A. Scott. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Longhofer, Wesley and Daniel Winchester, eds. 2012. Social Theory Re-Wired: New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • Schofer, Evan and Wesley Longhofer. 2011. "The Structural Sources of Association." American Journal of Sociology 117(2): 539-585.
  • Longhofer, Wesley and Evan Schofer. 2010. "National and Global Origins of Environmental Association." American Sociological Review 71(4): 505-533.
  • Longhofer, Wesley, Shannon Golden, and Arturo Baiocchi. 2010. "A Fresh Look at Sociology's Bestsellers." Contexts 9(2): 18-25.
  • Goldman, Michael and Wesley Longhofer. 2009. "Making Global Cities." Contexts 8(1): 32-36.
  • Katovich, Michael and Wesley Longhofer. 2009. "Mystification of Rock." Pp. 389-415 in Studies in Symbolic Interaction, volume 33, edited by N. K. Denzin. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
  • Frank, David John, Wesley Longhofer, and Evan Schofer. 2007. "World Society, NGOs, and Environmental Policy Reform in Asia." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 48(4): 275-295.

Working Papers

  • "Foundations of Global Giving: Examining the Institutional Origins of Global Grantmaking, 1970-2007"
  • "Examining the Effects of National Context on Charitable Activity"
  • "Structural Adjustment and National Income Inequality, 1980-2000" (with Evan Schofer)
  • "NGOs, INGOs, and Social Change: Environmental Policy Reform in the Developing World, 1970-1995" (with David John Frank and Evan Schofer)
  • "When Do Laws Matter? National Minimum-Age-of-Marriage Laws, Child Rights, and Adolescent Fertility, 1989-2007" (with Minzee Kim, Hollie Nyseth, and Elizabeth H. Boyle)

Areas of Specialization

  • Organizational Sociology
  • Institutional Theory
  • Philanthropy and Non-Profits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Comparitive Political Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology

Achievements and Honors

  • Don Martindale Award, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2011
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2010-2011
  • American Sociological Association


2012 PhD Sociology University of Minnesota
2003 BA Sociology Texas Christian University