About

I am an associate professor of sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, working at the intersection of economic sociology, the sociology of knowledge, and science & technology studies. Most of my work focuses on recent U.S. history (1960s to 1980s) and emphasizes the role of public policy.

My main current project is a book, Thinking Like an Economist: How Economics Became the Language of U.S. Public Policy, under contract with Princeton University Press.

My first book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine, was published in 2012, also by Princeton University Press. It received the President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association, and the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship and the Pierre Bourdieu Award from the American Sociological Association.

I am also in the early phases of a project on the history of student loan policy.

I received my PhD in Sociology from Berkeley in 2007. In 2013-14 I was the Richard B. Fisher Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

You can email me at epberman@albany.edu. I blog at orgtheory.net, and you can find me on Twitter at @epopppp.