Marion Fourcade received her PhD from Harvard University (2000) and taught at New York University and Princeton University before joining the Berkeley sociology department in 2003. A comparative sociologist by training and taste, she is interested in variations in economic and political knowledge and practice across nations. Her first book, Economists and Societies (Princeton University Press 2009), explored the distinctive character of the discipline and profession of economics in three countries. She is now working on a second book, tentatively called Measure for Measure: Social Ontologies of Classification, which examines the cultural and institutional logic of what we may call “national classificatory styles” across a range of empirical domains. Current studies for this book include environmental valuation, the digitization of books and the classification of wines in France and the United States. Other ongoing research focuses on the moral underpinnings and moral consequences of economic processes and technologies; new forms of social stratification in the digital economy (with Kieran Healy); the comparative study of political organization (with Evan Schofer and Brian Lande); the microsociology of courtroom exchanges (with Roi Livne); the sociology of economics (with Yann Algan and Etienne Ollion).
Fourcade is also an Associate Fellow of the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (Maxpo).
2009 Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s-1990s (Princeton University Press)
2016 “Political Structures and Political Mores: Varieties of Politics in Comparative Perspective.” (with Evan Schofer). Forthcoming in Sociological Science.
2016 “Earmarking, Matching, and Social Order.” Forthcoming in La Vie des Idées.
2016 “Political Space and the Space of Polities. Doing Politics Across Nations.” (with Brian Lande and Evan Schofer) Forthcoming in Poetics.
2016 "State Metrology: The Rating of Sovereigns and the Judgment of Nations," in Kimberly Morgan and Ann Orloff (eds.), The Many Hands of the State, Cambridge University Press.
2015 "The Superiority of Economists" (with Etienne Ollion and Yann Algan), Journal of Economic Perspectives.
2013 "Classification Situations: Life Chances in Neoliberal Society." Accounting, Organizations and Society 38: 559-572 (with Kieran Healy)
2013 “Moral Categories in the Financial Crisis.” "Introduction" (with Cornelia Woll) and “The Economy as Morality Play” Socio-Economic Review 11: 601-627.
2013 “The Material and Symbolic Construction of the BRICs.” Review of International Political Economy 20(2): 256-267.
2013 “From Social Control to Financial Economics: The Linked Ecologies of Economics and Business in Twentieth-Century America.” (with Rakesh Khurana) Theory and Society 42: 121-159.
2012 “The Vile and the Noble: On the Relationship between Natural and Social Classifications in the French Wine World.” The Sociological Quarterly 53: 524-545.
2011 "Cents and Sensibility: Economic Values and the Nature of ‘Nature’ in France and America." American Journal of Sociology 116(6): 1721-1777
2010 "The Problem of Embodiment in the Sociology of Knowledge" Qualitative Sociology 33(4) (afterword to symposium on “Knowledge in Practice”)
2010: "Price and Prejudice: On Economics, and the Enchantment/ Disenchantment of Nature" in Jens Beckert and Patrik Aspers (eds.) The Worth of Goods. Oxford University Press
2007 "The Politics of Method and its Agentic, Performative and Ontological Others." Social Science History 31(1): 107-114.
2007 "Theories of Markets, Theories of Society" American Behavioral Scientist 50(8): 1015-1034.
2007 "Moral Views of Market Society" Annual Review of Sociology 33: 285-311 (with Kieran Healy).
2006 "The Construction of a Global Profession: The Transnationalization of Economics." American Journal of Sociology 112(1): 145-195
2002 "The Rebirth of the Liberal Creed: Paths to Neoliberalism in Four Countries." American Journal of Sociology 108(9): 533-579 (with Sarah Babb).
2001 "The Structural Contexts of Civic Engagement: Voluntary Association Membership in Comparative Perspective." American Sociological Review 66(6): 806-828 (with Evan Schofer).
2001 "Politics, Institutional Structures and the Rise of Economics: A Comparative Study." Theory and Society 30(3): 397-447.