2011 List of Top Ranking Latino Social Scientists Released

Six economists and four sociologists top ranking of the most influential Spanish social scientists

The Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School have released its bi-annual ranking of the most cited Spanish social scientists, measuring the impact of their research activities worldwide. Six economists and four sociologists top the ranking of top ten most cited Social Scientists, according to data tracked through the end of 2011 from the Institute for Scientific Information (see attached table). Sociologist Manuel Castells tops the list, with three times as many citations to his research as the second-ranked, Juan J. Linz, who is a sociologist and political scientist. The third spot was claimed by economist Andreu Mas-Colell.

Castells’s most impactful research focuses on urban social movements, the rise of the network society, and the role of cities in the information-driven global economy. Linz’s research deals with the sociological aspects of political regimes, transition to democracy, and the advantages and disadvantages of presidential versus parliamentary democracy. Mas-Colell is a mathematical economist who has made major contributions to microeconomics and general equilibrium theory.

The three social scientists with the greatest number of new citations during the year 2011 alone work on topics of current interest. Castells (with 1,270 new citations) researches globalization and the Internet, while Manuel Arellano (732 new citations) and Jordi Gali (582 new citations) primarily focus research on macroeconomic and econometric issues that relate to the ongoing global financial and economic crisis.

As in the 2009 ranking, Barcelona-based universities and schools account for five of the top ten spots, with Universitat Pompeu Fabra boasting three of its faculty members among the top ten. Three of the top ten Spanish social scientists work at U.S. universities, and two others have appointments both in the U.S. and Spain. The four sociologists among the top ten hold appointments at U.S. universities.

The ranking of the top ten scholars was calculated using information on citations to the articles, books, book chapters, and working papers published by social scientists, as reflected in the Institute for Scientific Information’s Social Science, Science, and Humanities Citation Indexes, which track academic publishing in scientific journals around the world. The number of citations was calculated as the sum of the citations to each of the articles, books, book chapters, and working papers authored by the scholars included in the ranking.


The Ten Most Cited Spanish Social Scientists (through 2011)

Name(Field) Total Citations 1945-2011 Citations 2011 PhD Year Affiliation Major Awards & Distinctions
Manuel Castells(Sociology) 16,208 1,270 1967 Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaUniversity of Southern California Fellow, European Academy, and British Academy.Guggenheim Fellow.
Juan J. Linz(Sociology & Political Science) 5,177 318 1959 Yale University Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and European Academy.Premio Principe de Asturias.
Andreu Mas-Colell(Economics) 4,693 302 1972 Universitat Pompeu Fabra (on leave of absence) Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, European Academy, and Econometric Society.Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences.Guggenheim Fellow.Premio Rey Juan Carlos I.
Jordi Gali(Economics) 4,660 582 1989 Universitat Pompeu Fabra Fellow, Econometric Society.Premio Rey Jaime I.
Vicente Navarro(Sociology) 4,615 247 1967 Universitat Pompeu FabraJohns Hopkins University
Manuel Arellano(Economics) 4,320 732 1985 Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI) Fellow, Econometric Society.
Xavier Sala i Martin(Economics) 4,086 357 1990 Columbia University Premio Rey Juan Carlos I.Premio Fundacion Banco Herrero.
Xavier Vives(Economics) 2,446 243 1983 IESE Business School Fellow, Econometric Society.Premio Rey Juan Carlos I.
Mauro F. Guillen(Sociology & Business) 1,912 284 1992 Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Guggenheim Fellow.Premio Fundacion Banco Herrero.
Juan J. Dolado(Economics) 1,842 144 1988 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Fellow, European Economic Association.