Wesley Longhofer - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. Atlanta, GA, US

Wesley Longhofer Wesley Longhofer

Assistant Professor of Organization & Management | Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Atlanta, GA, US

Professor Longhofer's research and teaching interests include organizational sociology, institutional theory, nonprofits and philanthropy.



Wesley 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 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, a collaborative study on the organizational dynamics of climate change, 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).

Areas of Expertise (6)

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

Education (2)

University of Minnesota: Ph.D., Sociology 2011

Texas Christian University: B.A., Sociology 2003

Media Appearances (5)

Provost announces new support for Climate@Emory

Emory News Center  online


CoLA courses are aimed at integrating the liberal arts experience across the humanities and sciences. The Paris course was developed and taught by three faculty: Wesley Longhofer, an expert in organization and management at Goizueta Business School; Eri Saikawa, an expert in climate science in the department of environmental sciences and Rollins School of Public Health; and Sheila Tefft, senior lecturer in the Emory Writing Program. Longhofer and Saikawa accompanied the students to Paris...

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Emory Delegation in Paris to Attend Climate Change Conference

Global Atlanta  online


Dr. Saikawa is joined by Wesley Longhofer, assistant professor of organization and management at Emory’s Goizueta Business School...

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Students to Attend Paris Conference on Climate Change

The Emory Wheel  online


Four Emory students will directly observe the climate change discussions and negotiations. Other students will attend film screenings, conferences, discussions and exhibits to learn about issues related to climate change, according to Wesley Longhofer, assistant professor of Organization & Management at the Goizueta Business School. At the end of each day, the students will reconvene to share their experiences and produce materials that they will then post on a website...

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Goizueta program helps bring first health clinic to Nicaraguan coffee farming community

Emory News Center  online


Roberts and Goizueta students returned to Nicaragua in May with Wesley Longhofer, assistant professor of organization and management. Longhofer led a class of 17 undergraduates on a 10-day trip to Nicaragua to discuss development challenges with local nonprofit and for-profit organizations and to participate in service projects...

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: An uncommon professor

Emory News Center  online


Emory professor Wesley Longhofer remembers studying concepts of detachment and discernment in his college Buddhism class — lessons he still finds valuable even now as an assistant professor of organization and management at Goizueta Business School (GBS), helping students explore ethics and business.

"I was a religion minor," Longhofer explained. "Detachment is the idea that we shouldn't allow negative emotions to take over, we should remain peaceful and compassionate. Discernment is a part of compassion — understanding how your actions and behavior affect humanity through critical thinking." ...

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Articles (5)

Sociological institutionalism and world society
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology


Sociological institutionalism, as applied to international issues and global social change, has generated a growing literature on 'world society'. Scholars working in this tradition have sought to understand how international institutions, world culture, global professionals and transnational associations–facets of an increasingly structured world society–shape the identities, structure and behaviour of states, organizations and individuals across the globe. In contrast to theories that focus on interested actors and their resources and military ...

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The Structural Sources of Association
American Journal of Sociology


Where do associations come from? The authors argue that the expansion and openness of state institutions encourage the formation of associations. Moreover, the institutional structures of world society provide important resources and legitimation for association. Longitudinal cross-national data on voluntary associations are analyzed using panel models with fixed-effects and instrumental variables models to address possible endogeneity. Institutional features of the state and the structures of world society are linked to higher ...

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National and global origins of environmental association
American Sociological Review


We examine the origins of voluntary associations devoted to environmental protection, focusing on the divergent trajectories of industrialized versus developing countries. We consider a wide range of domestic economic, political, and institutional dynamics that give rise to environmental associations. Developing and extending neo-institutional world polity arguments, we characterize domestic association in the developing world as the product of global cultural models, legitimation, and resources. Using event ...

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A fresh look at sociology bestsellers


A little over a decade ago, ASA past-president Herbert Gans embarked upon an intriguing and, to our knowledge, unprecedented study of bestselling books written by professional sociologists. On the heels of his presidential campaign to make sociology more visible and influential to the lay public, Gans believed such a study would help us better understand the general reading public's interest in and understanding of sociology's knowledge, information, and insights.

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World society, NGOs and environmental policy reform in Asia
International Journal of Comparative Sociology


We examine the role of domestic nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in environmental policy reform in Asia. Standard accounts treat NGOs as critical players in the policy process, responding to local environmental degradation and pressing states for environmental reforms. We argue, by contrast, that environmental policy changes are borne largely of the global environmental regime, and that domestic environmental NGOs in Asia are better seen as products of world society than as independent actors driving policy ...

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