State Metrology: The Rating of Sovereigns and the Judgment of Nations. Forthcoming in Kimberly Morgan and Ann Orloff, The Many Hands of the State.

The Ordinalization of Society. Lewis Coser lecture, American Sociological Association.


Seeing Like a Market (with Kieran Healy)

The Type and the Grade: On the Institutional Scaffolding of the Judgment of Taste (with Rebecca Elliott and Olivier Jacquet)

Credit Scores and the Moralization of Inequality (with Kieran Healy)

Lost in Translation: The Qualification of Expertise in the U.S. legal system. (with Roi Livne)

Political Space and the Genesis of Politics: Doing Politics Across Nations. (with Brian Lande and Evan Schofer). 

Political Structures and Political Mores: Varieties of Politics in Comparative Perspective. (with Evan Schofer)

The Social Trajectory of a Finance Professor and the Commonsense of Capital (with Rakesh Khurana)


I am a Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley and an associate fellow of the Max Plack-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (Maxpo). A comparative sociologist by training and taste, I am interested in national variations in knowledge and practice. My first book, Economists and Societies (Princeton University Press 2009), explored the distinctive character of the discipline and profession of economics in three countries. A second book, tentatively called Measure for Measure: Social Ontologies of Classification,  will investigate the cultural and institutional logic of what we may call “national classificatory styles” across a range of empirical domains. Current studies for this book include environmental valuation, the digitization of books and the classification of wines in France and the United States. Ongoing research focuses on the moral underpinnings and moral consequences of economic processes and technologies; new forms of social stratification in the digital economy (with Kieran Healy); the comparative study of political organization (with Evan Schofer and Brian Lande); the microsociology of courtroom exchanges (with Roi Livne); the sociology of economics (with Yann Algan and Etienne Ollion); the politics of wine classifications in France and the United States (with Rebecca Elliott and Olivier Jacquet).

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