Katherine Chen

Prof. Katherine K. Chen is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Using organizational ethnography, she researched collectivist-democratic and bureaucratic practices in the Burning Man organization. Her book Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event (University of Chicago) received the Best Book Prize for Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and Honorable Mention for the Max Weber Award of the Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW) Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in 2011. Her articles have been published in American Behavioral Scientist, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Quarterly, and other journals.  She is also a regular contributor to the orgtheory blog.

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