Richard Swedberg (born 18 May 1948, Stockholm) is a Swedish sociologist. Since 2002 he works at the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. He received a PhD in sociology from Boston College (1978); he also holds a law degree ("juris kandidat") from Stockholm University (1970). Swedberg's two specialties are social theory and economic sociology. The focus in his work on social theory is currently on theorizing or how to learn to theorize. As to economic sociology, he has been a contributor to this field since its renewal in the mid-1980s ("new economic sociology"). Swedberg has written extensively on the works by Max Weber and Joseph Schumpeter and is currently working on bringing signs into the analysis of the economy. He is the author of e.g. Economics and Sociology (1990), Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology (1998) and Tocqueville's Political Economy (2009). His edited work includes (with Neil Smelser) Handbook of Economic Sociology (1994, 2005) and Sociology of Economic Life (with Mark Granovetter (1992, 2001, 2011). His vitae as well as some of his writings are available at his webpage at Cornell University.