Richard Randell

Richard Randell, Ph.D.


PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Faculty, Sociology




Richard Randell received his PhD and MS in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his BA from The Flinders University of South Australia. After working in finance in Zurich and in management consulting in Lausanne, he returned to academia, teaching at Webster University Geneva since 2005. He has taught classes in social theory, automobility studies, the sociology of human rights, social movements, introductory sociology, social problems, contemporary slavery and human trafficking, gender studies, the sociology of organizations, social psychology, and surveillance studies. His current research interests include mobility studies with a focus on automobility, and the philosophy of science with a focus on phenomenological and deconstructionist critiques of realism.


Braun, R., Randell, RFuturamas of the present: the “driver problem” in the autonomous vehicle sociotechnical imaginaryHumanit Soc Sci Commun 7, 163 (2020).

Randell, R. (2018 – online first) “No Paradigm to Mobilize: The New Mobilities Paradigm Is Not a Paradigm,” Applied Mobilities

Randell, R. (2016). “The microsociology of auto-mobility: The production of the automobile self,” Mobilities (Routledge), DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2016.1176776.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Randell R. (2019). The Cathedrals of Automobility: How to Read a Motor Show. In Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen, Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange (Eds.). Material Mobilities, Routledge