Daniel N. Kluttz

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Research Interests: 
Law and Society, Economic Sociology, Culture, Organizations, Environment, Theory
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378 Barrows
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I am a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to entering the PhD program at Berkeley, I earned a BA in sociology and psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, a JD at the University of North Carolina School of Law, and practiced law in Raleigh, NC. My research intersects subfields of law and society, economic sociology, organizations, culture, and environmental sociology. Using the case of U.S. fossil-fuel development and the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), my dissertation assesses the sociopolitical and economic foundations of law and legal processes. In one part of the project, I analyze each state's chemical disclosure laws over the past decade to understand the cultural, economic, and political factors that explain the wide variation in how states regulate fracking. In another part of the project, I examine hundreds of thousands of mineral-rights lease contracts across the U.S. in order to explain how patterns of inequality become embedded in these legal instruments. Other empirical projects include 1) an historical study of the student-edited law review to assess how institutionalized practices can persist despite contestation within their fields and isomorphic pressures to conform to different practices in adjacent fields; 2) an analysis of the co-evolution of American copyright law and the American magazine industry over the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to explain how cultural understandings of law can affect markets when formal law does not apply (with Heather Haveman); and 3) a study of the social and legal implications of innovative economic classification practices and technologies in the era of ‘big data’ (with Marion Fourcade).