Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Sociology

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Aaron Horvath
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Jared Furuta

All Publications


  • Interview with John W. Meyer: "If You Study Organizations You Should Not Believe in Them" Interviewed by Elena Gudova JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY-EKONOMICHESKAYA SOTSIOLOGIYA Gudova, E., Meyer, J. W. 2020; 21 (1): 127–39
  • The Pyramid of Nonprofit Responsibility: The Institutionalization of Organizational Responsibility Across Sectors VOLUNTAS Pope, S., Bromley, P., Lim, A., Meyer, J. W. 2018; 29 (6): 1300–1314
  • International Tests, National Assessments, and Educational Development (1970-2012) COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW Ramirez, F. O., Schofer, E., Meyer, J. W. 2018; 62 (3): 344–64

    View details for DOI 10.1086/698326

    View details for Web of Science ID 000438780000003

  • TOWARD POST-NATIONAL SOCIETIES AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION RESEARCH IN ASIA PACIFIC Ramirez, F. O., Meyer, J. W., Cha, Y. K., Ham, S. H., Lee, M. 2018: 51–65
  • "They Are All Organizations": The Cultural Roots of Blurring Between the Nonprofit, Business, and Government Sectors ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY Bromley, P., Meyer, J. W. 2017; 49 (7): 939–66
  • Christopher K. Chase-Dunn Circa 1970 JOURNAL OF WORLD-SYSTEMS RESEARCH Meyer, J. W. 2017; 23 (2): 571–73
  • The rise of individual agency in conceptions of society: Textbooks worldwide, 1950-2011 INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY Lerch, J., Bromley, P., Ramirez, F. O., Meyer, J. W. 2017; 32 (1): 38-60
  • Meyer Comment on Downey and Condron SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION Meyer, J. W. 2016; 89 (3): 227-228
  • Dialogue, Debate, and Discussion MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION REVIEW Valikangas, L., Pope, S., Meyer, J. W. 2015; 11 (2): 173-177
  • The Worldwide Expansion of "Organization" SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY Meyer, J. W., Bromley, P. 2013; 31 (4): 366-389
  • World influences on human rights language in constitutions: A cross-national study INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY Beck, C. J., Drori, G. S., Meyer, J. W. 2012; 27 (4): 483-501
  • Toward Post-National Societies and Global Citizenship MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION REVIEW Ramirez, F. O., Meyer, J. W. 2012; 4 (1): 1–28
  • Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study SOCIAL FORCES Bromley, P., Meyer, J. W., Ramirez, F. O. 2011; 90 (2): 547-570

    View details for DOI 10.1093/sf/sor004

    View details for Web of Science ID 000300108800010

  • The Worldwide Spread of Environmental Discourse in Social Studies, History, and Civics Textbooks, 1970-2008 COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW Bromley, P., Meyer, J. W., Ramirez, F. O. 2011; 55 (4): 517-545

    View details for DOI 10.1086/660797

    View details for Web of Science ID 000296057900002

  • Multiple Levels of Analysis and the Limitations of Methodological Individualisms SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY Jepperson, R., Meyer, J. W. 2011; 29 (1): 54-73
  • Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY-EKONOMICHESKAYA SOTSIOLOGIYA Meyer, J., Rowan, B. 2011; 12 (1): 44-+
  • ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS-BRINGING MEANING, VALUES, AND CULTURE BACK IN: INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL RESEARCH FORUM ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL Suddaby, R., Elsbach, K. D., Greenwood, R., Meyer, J. W., Zilber, T. B. 2010; 53 (6): 1234–40
  • Human Rights in Social Science Textbooks: Cross-national Analyses, 1970-2008 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION Meyer, J. W., Bromley, P., Ramirez, F. O. 2010; 83 (2): 111-134
  • World Society, Institutional Theories, and the Actor ANNUAL REVIEW OF SOCIOLOGY, VOL 36 Meyer, J. W. 2010; 36: 1-20
  • Globalization, citizenship, and education: the rise and spread of cosmopolitan, multicultural, and individual empowerment frames REVISTA PERUANA DE INVESTIGACION EDUCATIVA Ramirez, F. O., Meyer, J. W., Wotipka, C. 2009; 1 (1): 163–80
  • Tangled paths to a world culture Contradictory trends in attitudes to globalization INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SURVEY PROGRAMME, 1984-2009: CHARTING THE GLOBE Hadler, M., Meyer, J. W., Haller, M., Jowell, R., Smith, T. W. 2009: 263–76
  • International human rights law and the politics of legitimation - Repressive states and human rights treaties INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY Hafner-Burton, E. M., Tsutsui, K., Meyer, J. W. 2008; 23 (1): 115-141
  • University expansion and the knowledge society THEORY AND SOCIETY Frank, D. J., Meyer, J. W. 2007; 36 (4): 287-311
  • World Models, National Curricula, and the Centrality of the Individual SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE IN COMPARATIVE AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Meyer, J. W., Benavot, A., Braslavsky, C. 2007; 18: 259–71
  • The Worldwide Rise of Human Rights Education SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE IN COMPARATIVE AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Ramirez, F. O., Suarez, D., Meyer, J. W., Benavot, A., Braslavsky, C. 2007; 18: 35–52
  • Student achievement and national economic growth AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION Ramirez, F. O., Luo, X., Schofer, E., Meyer, J. W. 2006; 113 (1): 1-29
  • Sources of rationalized governance: Cross-national longitudinal analyses 1985-2002 ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCE QUARTERLY Drori, G. S., Jang, Y. S., Meyer, J. W. 2006; 51 (2): 205-229
  • UNIVERSITY IN EUROPE AND IN THE WORLD: EXPANSION IN THE XX CENTURY REVISTA ESPANOLA DE EDUCACION COMPARADA Meyer, J. W., Schofer, E. 2006: 15–36
  • Scientization: Making a world safe for organizing TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNANCE: INSTITUTIONAL DYNAMICS OF REGULATION Drori, G. S., Meyer, J. W., Djelic, M. L., SahlinAndersson, K. 2006: 31–52
  • The Impact of Comparative Education Research on Institutional Theory FOREWORD IMPACT OF COMPARATIVE EDUCATION RESEARCH ON INSTITUTIONAL THEORY Meyer, J. W., Baker, D. P., Wiseman, A. W. 2006; 7: XI-XVI
  • Reflections on the 25th anniversary of The Social Construction of Reality JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT INQUIRY Meyer, J. W. 2000; 9 (3): 275-275
  • World society and the nation-state AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY Meyer, J. W., Boli, J., Thomas, G. M., Ramirez, F. O. 1997; 103 (1): 144-181
  • INSTITUTIONAL CONDITIONS FOR DIFFUSION WORKSHOP ON NEW INSTITUTIONAL THEORY Strang, D., Meyer, J. W. KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBL. 1993: 487–511
  • SOURCES AND EFFECTS OF DECISIONS - COMMENT ACCOUNTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY Meyer, J. W. 1990; 15 (1-2): 61-65
  • SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONAL ACCOUNTING ACCOUNTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY Meyer, J. W. 1986; 11 (4-5): 345-356
  • SOCIAL-STRUCTURE AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF LIFE STAGES HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Kohli, M., Meyer, J. W. 1986; 29 (3): 145-149
  • INSTITUTIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RATIONALIZATION IN THE MENTAL-HEALTH SYSTEM AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST Meyer, J. W. 1985; 28 (5): 587-600
  • THE EXPANSION OF THE STATE ANNUAL REVIEW OF SOCIOLOGY THOMAS, G. M., MEYER, J. W. 1984; 10: 461–82
  • ON THE CELEBRATION OF RATIONALITY - SOME COMMENTS ACCOUNTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY Meyer, J. W. 1983; 8 (2-3): 235-240
  • POLITICS AND MARKETS - WORLDS POLITICAL-ECONOMIC SYSTEMS - LINDBLOM,CE (Book Review) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY Book Review Authored by: MEYER, J. W. 1979; 85 (3): 684–85

    View details for DOI 10.1086/227065

    View details for Web of Science ID A1979HT67500019

  • IDEOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD AND STATE - RULES DISTINGUISHING CHILDREN IN NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONS, 1870-1970 AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW BOLIBENNETT, J., MEYER, J. W. 1978; 43 (6): 797–812

    View details for DOI 10.2307/2094622

    View details for Web of Science ID A1978GA02500002

  • INSTITUTIONALIZED ORGANIZATIONS - FORMAL-STRUCTURE AS MYTH AND CEREMONY AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY Meyer, J. W., Rowan, B. 1977; 83 (2): 340-363
  • EFFECTS OF EDUCATION AS AN INSTITUTION AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY Meyer, J. W. 1977; 83 (1): 55-77
  • CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE IN DEVELOPMENT ANNUAL REVIEW OF SOCIOLOGY Meyer, J. W., BOLIBENNETT, J., CHASEDUNN, C. 1975; 1: 223-246
  • EFFECT OF A CHILDS SEX ON ADULT INTERPRETATIONS OF ITS BEHAVIOR DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Meyer, J. W., SOBIESZE, B. I. 1972; 6 (1): 42-48
  • STUDIES OF TEAM TEACHING IN OPEN-SPACE SCHOOL INTERCHANGE BRUNETTI, F. A., Cohen, E. G., Meyer, J. W., MOLNAR, S. R. 1972; 3 (2-3): 85-101
  • ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL EFFECTS ON NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ENROLLMENT PATTERNS COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW Meyer, J. W. 1971; 15 (1): 28-43
  • REINTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN STATUS POLITICS PACIFIC SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW Meyer, J. W., ROTH, J. G. 1970; 13 (2): 95-102
  • TEACHING VERSUS RESEARCH - SOURCES OF MISPERCEPTIONS JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION Hammond, P. E., Meyer, J. W., Miller, D. 1969; 40 (9): 682-690