Recently published articles and book chapters

The Will to Progress and the Dual Truth of Capital, MaxPo Think Notes 2018 (pp92-96)

Economics: The View From Below, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2018.

The Fly and the Cookie: On the Moral Economy of 21st Century Capitalism (SASE Presidential lecture). Socio-Economic Review 2017.

Seeing Like a Market (with Kieran Healy). Socio-Economic Review 2017.

The Social Trajectory of a Finance Professor and the Common Sense of Capital (with Rakesh Khurana) History of Political Economy 2017.

State Metrology: The Rating of Sovereigns and the Judgment of Nations. In Kimberly Morgan and Ann Orloff, The Many Hands of the State, Cambridge UP 2017.

Categories all the way down (with Kieran Healy). Historical Social Research 2017. 

Ordinalization. (Lewis Coser lecture). Sociological Theory 2016.

Political Structures and Political Mores. (with Evan Schofer) Sociological Science 2016.

Political Space and the Space of Polities (with Brian Lande and Evan Schofer). Poetics 2016.

The Superiority of Economists (with Etienne Ollion and Yann Algan), Journal of Economic Perspectives 2015.

Classification Situations: Life Chances in the Neo-Liberal Economy (with Kieran Healy) Accounting, Organizations and Society 2013.


A Maussian bargain: Accumulation by gift in the digital economy (with Daniel Kluttz), forthcoming, Big Data and Society

Ordinal Citizenship (prepared for publication in British Journal of Sociology)

Seeing Like a State Seeing Like a Market (with Jeff Gordon)

The False Promise of the Gift (prepared for publication in Humanity)

Markets in Action: Social Order and Disorder in the Eurozone. (with Caleb Scoville)

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)

Other Recent

Review of Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality (European Journal of Sociology)

Review of Adam Reich, Selling Our Souls (British Journal of Sociology)

Review of Wendy Espeland and Michael Sauder, Engines of Anxiety (Socio-Economic Review)

Review of Iddo Tavory, Summoned (European Journal of Sociology)

Review of Wendy Brown's Undoing the Demos (European Journal of Sociology)

Earmarking, matching and social order (La Vie des idées)

Conversation with Wolfgang Streeck on States and Markets (Accounts)




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,  The Ordinal Society  (with Kieran Healy), is under contract. This book investigates new forms of social stratification and morality in the digital economy. Other recent research focuses on the valuation of nature in comparative perspective; the moral regulation of states; 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 Etienne Ollion and Yann Algan, and with Rakesh Khurana; the politics of wine classifications in France and the United States (with Rebecca Elliott and Olivier Jacquet)

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