Currently, I am 2021-2022 Berggruen Research Fellow at University of Southern California’s Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life. I am also associate professor of sociology at Marquette University. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. My work is on business power, social policy and social theory.
My book, Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal, published with Cornell University Press, explores the sociological causes of the current crisis in retirement. It makes contributions to the theories of policymaking, developing the concept “structural contingency” to explore patterns of political causation. It was awarded the Paul Sweezy Book Award and an honorable mention for Labor and Labor Movements Distinguished Book Award, both through the American Sociological Association.
My second book, under contract with Verso Books, explores how finance can be mobilized in ways that serve the social and environmental good both in the workplace and outside of it. It is tentatively titled The Master’s Tools: The Politics of Democratizing Finance.