Dan Hirschman

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Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Program in Science, Technology and Society.
  • Fields of Study
    • Economic Sociology
    • Sociology of Science and Technology
    • Historical Sociology
    • Social Theory
    • Sociology of Economics
  • About

    My research draws on diverse sociological literatures, including economic sociology, sociology of law, sociology of organizations, and science studies. My dissertation examines how the emergence of official national income statistics (GNP, GDP, etc.) shaped our understanding of the macroeconomy in the mid-20th century. Other collaborative empirical projects include research on the political strategies of large corporations, with a special focus on financial regulation (with Russ Funk), on the dequantification of affirmative action at the University of Michigan (with Ellen Berry and Fiona Rose Greenland), on pricing and discrimination in consumer financial markets (with Greta Krippner). Collaborative theoretical projects include a new theoretical framework for understanding the political influence of economists and economic ideas (with Beth Berman), and new approaches to causal reasoning in non-canonical social research, and specifically research on the forming causes of social kinds (with Isaac Reed). See my website (danhirschman.com) for more details and working papers.

  • Education
    • M.A. in Sociology (University of Michigan)
    • B.S. in Mathematics & Spanish Literature (University of Michigan)
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Science & Technology, Theory, Economic Sociology
  • Dissertation Title
    • Inventing the Economy (Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the GDP)
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Greta Krippner, Chair. Mark Mizruchi, Jason Owen-Smith, Gabrielle Hecht (History & STS), John Carson (History & STS)