Stephen Lippmann


Professor of Sociology


PhD Sociology - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MA Sociology - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

BA Sociology - University of New Hampshire

Stephen Lippmann is a Professor of Sociology. He studies organizations and work, with a focus on organizational and industrial dynamics in cultural industries. In addition to theoretical work on the role of history in organizational dynamics, his empirical research has focused on the emergence and consolidation of the radio broadcasting industry, and the decline of soap operas in the U.S. In addition, he studies entrepreneurship and employment flexibility, and has written on teaching and pedagogy. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Recent Publications

Aldrich, Howard E., Martin Ruef, and Stephen Lippmann. "Entrepreneurial networks." World Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2021

Howard Aldrich, Martin Ruef, and Stephen Lippmann. 2020. Organizations Evolving, 3rd edition. London: Edward Elgar.

Kim, Phillip H., Croidie, Gregoire, and Stephen Lippmann. Forthcoming. “Responding from that Vantage Point: Field Position and Discursive Strategies of Legitimation in the U.S. Wireless Telegraphy Field. Organization Studies.

Lippmann, Stephen, and Howard E. Aldrich.  Forthcoming. “A Rolling Stone Gathers Momentum: Generational Units, Collective Memory, and Entrepreneurship.” Academy of Management Review.

Lippmann, Stephen, and Howard E. Aldrich. Forthcoming.  “The Temporal Dimension of Context.” In William B. Gartner and Friederike Welter, Eds. A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context. New York: Edward Elgar.

Harrington, C. Lee, Melissa Scardaville, Stephen Lippmann, and Denise D. Bielby. In Press. “Soap Operas and Artistic Legitimation: The Role of Critical Commentary.” Communication, Culture, and Critique.


Spring 2023 Office Hours

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11:00-12:00

Additional times available by appointment