Curriculum Vitae  pdf

Much of my research has been about exchange in human blood and organs, cultural goods, software, and ideas. My current work focuses on the moral order of market society, the effect of models and measurement on social classification, and the link between those two topics, especially in the consumer credit market. I'm also interested in techniques and methods for data visualization.

Working Papers


  • “Categories All the Way Down.” Historical Social Research, special issue on Market Classifications. Abstract  pdf
  • “Organ Entrepreneurs.” The Cambridge Handbook of Law and Entrepreneurship, D. Gordon Smith and Christine Hurt, eds. Abstract  pdf
  • “Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. Abstract  pdf


  • “Foreword” to Viviana Zelizer, Morals & Markets: The Development of Life Insurance in the United States, Legacy Edition. Columbia University Press. Abstract  pdf
  • “The Plain Person's Guide to Plain Text Social Science.” Abstract  pdf
  • “Fuck Nuance.” Abstract  pdf


  • “Credit Scores and the Moralization of Inequality.” Abstract
  • “Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media.” Abstract  pdf


Articles and Book Chapters



  • “The Performativity of Networks.” European Journal of Sociology, 56:175–205. Abstract  pdf


  • “Data Visualization in Sociology.” Annual Review of Sociology, 40:105–128. Abstract  pdf


  • “Classification Situations: Life-Chances in the Neoliberal Era.” Accounting, Organizations, and Society, 38:559–572. Abstract  pdf


  • “Custom, Contract, and Kidney Exchange.” Duke Law Journal, 62:645–670. Abstract  pdf


  • “Choosing Your Workflow Applications.” The Political Methodologist, 18 (2), 9–18. Abstract  pdf
  • “Counting and Commodifying.” Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 35: 337–347. Abstract  pdf


  • “Social Structure, Gifts and Norms in The Story of Qiu Ju” In Norms and Values. The Role of Social Norms as Instruments of Value Realisation, edited by Michael Baurmann, Geoffrey Brennan, Robert E. Goodin and Nicholas Southwood. Baden Baden: Nomos Verlag. Abstract  pdf


  • “Sociology.” In A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Second Edition), pp90-122, edited by Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit, and Thomas Pogge. Blackwell, New York. Abstract  pdf


  • “Moral Views of Market Society” Annual Review of Sociology 33:285–311. Abstract  pdf


  • Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs. University of Chicago Press. Abstract
  • “Do Presumed Consent Laws Raise Organ Procurement Rates?” DePaul Law Review 55:1017–1043. Abstract  pdf


  • “Altruism as an Organizational Problem: the case of Organ Procurement” American Sociological Review 69:387–404. Abstract  pdf
  • “Sacred markets and secular ritual in the organ transplant industry” In Frank Dobbin, editor, The Sociology of the Economy, pp336–359. Russell Sage Foundation, New York. Abstract


  • “Digital Technology and Cultural Goods.” Journal of Political Philosophy . Abstract  pdf
  • “What’s new for Culture in the New Economy?.” Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 32:86–103. Abstract  pdf


  • “Wage Growth and Labor Decline in the Industrialized Democracies, 1965–1993.” Unemployment in the New Europe, edited by Nancy Bermeo. New York: Cambridge University Press, 121-144. Abstract


  • “Embedded altruism: Blood collection regimes and the European Union’s donor population.” American Journal of Sociology, 105:1633–57. Abstract  pdf


  • “The emergence of HIV in the U.S. blood supply: organizations, obligations and the management of uncertainty.” Theory and Society, 28:529–558. Abstract  pdf
  • “Explaining the OECD wage slowdown: Recession or labor decline?.” European Sociological Review, 15:233–249. Abstract  pdf


  • “Conceptualising constraint: Mouzelis, Archer and the concept of social structure.” Sociology, 32:509–522. Abstract  pdf

Retired Papers



  • “The Ecology of Open-Source Software Development.” Abstract  pdf

Essays and Reviews


  • How Giving Keeps on Giving: Review of The Paradox of Generosity by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter: 70. Abstract


  • “Judgment and Distinction”. Review essay on Valuing the Unique, by Lucien Karpik. Socio-Economic Review. Abstract  pdf


  • Review of After the New Economy by Doug Henwood. European Economic Sociology Newsletter, 6(3):37–38. Abstract  pdf
  • Review of Heat Wave by Eric Klinenberg. Imprints, 8:283–289. Abstract  pdf
  • Review of Pop Finance by Brooke Harrington. American Journal of Sociology. 115:309–12. Abstract


  • “A Wealth of Notions. ”Review essay on Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Sociological Forum 22: 119–125. Abstract  pdf


  • “Sacred. ” Entry in the International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, edited by Jens Beckert and Milan Zafirofski. Routledge, London. Abstract  pdf


  • Review of An R and S-PLUS companion to Applied Regression. Sociological Methods and Research, 34:137–140. Abstract  pdf


  • Review of Against Essentialism by Stephan Fuchs. Contemporary Sociology, 32:252–4. Abstract  pdf


  • Review of Comparative Politics by Mark Lichbach and Alan Zuckerman. Contemporary Sociology, 27:435–441. Abstract


  • Review of Theory and Progress in Social Science. Theory and Society, 27:435–441. Abstract  pdf


I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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