(born July 29, 1941) is an American sociologist
who has been influential in both his teaching and writing. He has taught in many notable universities around the world and his academic works have been translated into various languages. Collins is currently the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania
. He is a leading contemporary social theorist whose areas of expertise include the macro-historical sociology of political and economic change; micro-sociology, including face-to-face interaction
; and the sociology of intellectuals and social conflict. Collins's publications include ''The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change'' (1998), which analyzes the network of philosophers and mathematicians for over two thousand years in both Asian and Western societies. His current research involves macro patterns of violence including contemporary war, as well as solutions to police violence. He is considered to be one of the leading non-Marxist conflict theorists
in the United States, and served as the president of the American Sociological Association
from 2010 to 2011.
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