I am an associate professor of sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, working at the intersection of organizations, economic sociology, and the sociology of science and knowledge. Much of my work focuses on recent U.S. history and emphasizes the role of public policy.

Currently, I am completing a book manuscript, Thinking Like an Economist: How Economics Became the Language of U.S. Public Policy (under contract with Princeton University Press), which provides a new answer to the question, “What happened to the U.S. in the 1970s?” The book shows how an economic style of reasoning was institutionalized in the policy process between the 1960s and the 1980s. While much of this change came from center-left technocrats affiliated with the Democratic party, its unintended consequence was to reinforce a conservative turn in politics.

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 also have ongoing interests in higher education and quantification processes, and am developing a project on disciplinary responses to the reproducibility crisis in social science.

I received my PhD in Sociology from Berkeley in 2007. I am on the executive committee of the Social Science History Association, a council member of ASA’s Organizations, Occupations and Work section, and on the steering committee of SocArXiv.

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