Ion B. Vasi

Ion B. Vasi

Management and Organizations

Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology & Management and Organizations

  W519 SSH  
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • PhD in Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2005
  • MA in Society and Politics, Central European University, Warsaw, Poland, 1998
  • BA in Sociology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 1997


  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Organizational Change
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Strategy

Selected Publications

  • Plug Power. Social Movements and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in California, 1995-2012, Ion Bogdan Vasi, Sunasir Dutta, Hayagreeva Rao, 2016 - Publication Details Forthcoming
  • Social Media, Online Public Attention, and the Spread of the “Occupy” Movement in the United States , Ion Bogdan Vasi, Chan Suh, Mobilization, 2016 - Publication Details Forthcoming
  • Civil Society in an Age of Environmental Accountability: The Effects of Local NGOs on U.S. Power Plants’ CO2 Emissions, Ion Bogdan Vasi
  • Markets with Social Purpose: Community Logics and Social Exchange between Producers and Consumers in Farmers Markets, Ion Bogdan Vasi, Sarah Rynes-Weller, Christina Li, Jordan Nielsen
  • From Sticks to Carrots (and Mobs): Institutional Receptivity and the Transnational Diffusion of a New Social Movement Performance, Ion Bogdan Vasi
  • Tea and Sympathy: The Tea Party Movement and Republication Precommitment to Radical Conservatism in the 2011 Deb-Limit Crisis, Ion B. Vasi, David Strang, Arnout van de Rijt, Mobilization, vol 19, 2014, 1-22
  • The New Immigration Contestation: Social Movements and Local Immigration Policy Making in the United States, 2000-2011, Ion B. Vasi, Justin P. Steil, American Journal of Sociology, vol 119, 2014, 1104-1155
  • Public Support for Sustainable Development: A Mile Wide, but How Deep?, Ion B. Vasi, Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, vol 8, 2012, 153-170
  • Winds of Change: The Environmental Movement and the Global Development of the Wind Energy Industry, Ion B. Vasi, Administrative Science Quarterly, vol 57, 2012, 359-362
  • Civil Liberty in America: The Diffusion of Municipal Bill of Rights Resolutions After the Passage of the USA Patriot Act, Ion B. Vasi, American Journal of Sociology, vol 116, 2009, 1675-1715

Other Work

  • This (Gas) Land is Your (Truth) Land? Documentary Films and Cultural Fracturing in Marcellus, Barnett, and Woodford Shale Communities, Ion B. Vasi, 2016 - Publication Details Forthcoming
  • Is Greenness in the Eye of the Beholder? Corporate Social Responsibility Frameworks and the Environmental Performance of U.S. Firms, Ion B. Vasi, 2015
  • Thinking Globally, Planning Nationally, and Acting Locally: Nested Organizational Fields and Adoption of Environmental Practices, Ion B. Vasi, Social Forces, vol 86, 2007, 113-36

Current & Prior Positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Iowa, August 2015 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Management and Organizations, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, August 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The University of Iowa, August 2013 - July 2015
  • Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2005 - 2011
  • Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2005


  • Social Movements and Markets, Academy of Management, AOM, Anaheim, August 2016
  • No Fracking Way! Media Activism, Discursive Opportunities and Local Opposition against Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, 2010-2013, ASA Annual Meeting, August 2015

Committees and Professional Service

  • University of Iowa Informatics Initiative, 2015-2016