Filipe Carreira da Silva is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He is also Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. A sociologist by training (ISCTE, 1998), he begins his career as a teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology of ISCTE. In 2003, he obtains a PhD from the University of Cambridge with a dissertation on classical sociological theory ("In Dialogue with Modern Times. The Social and Political Thought of G.H. Mead"). He then pursues his post-doctoral studies in the United States, first at the University of Harvard and later at the University of Chicago. In this latter University, he joins the Department of Sociology and begins working on two traditional lines of research of the first Chicago school of sociology, the city and a social theory of the self. After a two-year period at CES in Coimbra, he joins the ICS in April 2006.
His current research interests revolve around sociological theory, urban political sociology, and citizenship studies. He presently runs the FCT-funded research project "Broken Promises: The Political Origins of Socio-Economic Inequality in Portugal, 1960-2010" (PTDC/CPJ-CPO/101290/2008), which deals with the socio-economic consequences of the constitutionalization of social rights. He maintains an interest in social and political theories, namely the "multiple modernities" approach, the model of deliberative democracy, and the historicism vs. presentism methodological debate. His recent proposal for a dialogical pluralism in the social sciences draws on all of the above.
Filipe Carreira da Silva has written approximately 20 articles and 9 books on classical and contemporary sociological theories. These include Espaço Público em Habermas (Lisboa: ICS, 2002), Virtude e Democracia (Lisboa: ICS, 2004), G. H. Mead. A Critical Introduction (Cambridge: Polity, 2007), and Mead and Modernity. Science, Selfhood, and Democratic Politics (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008). This was awarded with the American Sociological Association Scholarly Book Award in History of Sociology (2010). His latest book is Sociology in Portugal: A Short History (2015, Palgrave-Macmillan)
He has served as referee for several international journals, including the American Journal of Sociology. Since 2011, he is a member of the Scientific Board of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy. His latest project, funded by the Newton Trust and the British Academy, is "The Politics of the Book", to be published as a book by Penn State University Press in 2018.