image of Neil Smelser Neil J. Smelser is Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California. From 1958 to 1994 he was on the faculty of Sociology of the University of California, Berkeley, serving as University Professor since 1971. Among his publications are Social Change in the Industrial Revolution (1958), Theory of Collective Behavior (1962), Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences (1976), Social Paralysis and Social Change (1991), and The Social Edges of Psychoanalysis (1998). He also edited the Handbook of Sociology (1988) and, with Richard Swedberg, the Handbook of Economic Sociology (1994). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of the founders of the Research Committee on Economy and Society of the International Sociological Society, and served as co-chair of that Committee from 1978 to 1986. He served as Vice-President of the International Association from 1990 to 1994, and as President of the American Sociological Association from 1996 to 1997.