Department of Political Science

Alexander Kladakis

PhD Student

Alexander Kladakis


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2017: MSc in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen 

2014: Visiting Graduate student at the Department of Sociology, University of California at Berkeley 

Main fields of interest: 
Metascience, science studies, sociology of science

Scientific focus areas: Stratification in science, reward structures and mechanisms of recognition in science, the scientific profession

Research interests: the scientific workforce, career paths in academia, scientific elites, prosopography, biographies of scientists, science funding, problem retention


In my dissertation, I make a comparative sociological investigation of scientific careers by tracing and mapping the records of accomplishment, career trajectories and social traits of highly prolific scientists. More specifically, the aim is to conduct a cross-country analysis of the careers of top researchers in Denmark and the UK by looking into the social dynamics of scientific elite formation. An understudied aspect of the careers of elite scientists is whether their rise to the uppermost stratum of the academic hierarchy can be attributed to scientific talent, performance and merit alone, or what role surrounding factors, such as: background, circumstances and access to exceptional research conditions, play. Ultimately, the objective is to develop typologies of elite science careers across national and disciplinary boundaries by identifying the conditions and criteria necessary for achieving remarkable scholarly success.

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