Q&A with Elizabeth Popp Berman, Author of Thinking Like an Economist

Interviewed by Zheng Fu on March 31, 2023 for the Spring 2023 SKAT Newsletter Elizabeth Popp Berman is the Richard H. Price Professor of Organizational Studies and (by courtesy) Sociology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy (Princeton University Press, 2022) and Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became … Continue reading Q&A with Elizabeth Popp Berman, Author of Thinking Like an Economist

Q&A with Oliver Rollins, author of Conviction

Interviewed by Larry Au on February 22, 2023 for the Spring 2023 SKAT Newsletter Oliver Rollins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of the Violent Brain (Stanford, 2021). He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco Q: I read in … Continue reading Q&A with Oliver Rollins, author of Conviction

Q&A with Victor Roy, author of Capitalizing on a Cure

Interviewed on February 27, 2023 by Larry Au for the Spring 2023 SKAT Newsletter Victor Roy, MD, PhD, is a family physician and sociologist, and currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s National Clinician Scholars Program. His work touches on the political economy of health technologies and health equity. His recent book, Capitalizing a Cure: How Finance Controls the Price and Value of Medicine (University … Continue reading Q&A with Victor Roy, author of Capitalizing on a Cure

Q&A with Diane Vaughan, Author of Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning is an historical ethnography of the life course of the air traffic control system from system emergence through 2017. Based on archival research and fieldwork in four air traffic control facilities, the book focuses on how historical institutional conditions, assemblages of social actors, and events in the system’s external environment – political, economic, technical, cultural – impact the air traffic organization, changing it, and how in turn those changes affect not only the social, technological, and material arrangements of the workplace, but also controllers’ interpretive work, cultural understandings, and work practices. Far from a top down model, the analysis shows how controllers respond to these events, implementing repairs in response to the liabilities of technological and organizational innovation. It expands what we know about knowledge production, boundaries and boundary work, culture and cognition, expertise, and the changing nature of technical work over time. Continue reading Q&A with Diane Vaughan, Author of Dead Reckoning

Q&A with Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Author of The Quantified Scholar

Interviewed by Larry Au on November 4, 2022 for the Fall 2022 SKATOLOGY Newsletter Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, where he is a founding faculty member of the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute and a co-founder of the Computational Social Science program, as well as the Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Program. He … Continue reading Q&A with Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Author of The Quantified Scholar