Elizabeth Popp Berman is the Richard H. Price Professor of Organizational Studies and (by courtesy) Sociology at the University of Michigan. Her new book, Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy, shows how economic reasoning came to dominate Washington between the 1960s and the 1980s, and how it continues to constrain progressive ambitions today; it has been featured in a range of outlets including the Boston Review and the New Yorker.
Berman has broad research interests in the production and use of knowledge; her first book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine, won multiple awards from the American Sociology Association and the Social Science History Association. She has served on multiple editorial boards, including the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review, and has written for broader audiences in outlets like the Washington Post. As of July 1, she will be Director of the Organizational Studies Program at the University of Michigan.