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

State Metrology: The Rating of Sovereigns and the Judgment of Nations. Forthcoming in Kimberly Morgan and Ann Orloff, The Many Hands of the State, Cambridge 2016.

Political Structures and Political Mores. (with Evan Schofer) Forthcoming in 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.


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)

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

Other Recent

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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