Marion Fourcade

Marion Fourcade

474 Social Sciences
(510) 643-2707
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Economic sociology, culture, political sociology, comparative methods, knowledge and science, digital society

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. A second book, The Ordinal Society (with Kieran Healy), is under contract. This book investigates new forms of social stratification and morality in the digital economy. Other recent research focuses on the valuation of nature in comparative perspective; algorithmic societies (with Jenna Burrell; with Fleur Johns); the digitization of states (with Jeff Gordon) and their moral regulation by financial markets (with Caleb Scoville); primitive accumulation in digital capitalism (with Daniel Kluttz); 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 Etienne Ollion and Yann Algan, and with Rakesh Khurana; the politics of wine classifications in France and the United States (with Rebecca Elliott and Olivier Jacquet).

Fourcade is also an Associate Fellow of the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (Maxpo), an External Scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and a past President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (2016).

Representative Publications


2009 Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s-1990s (Princeton University Press) 

Forthcoming. Pandemic Exposures. Economy and Society in the Time of Coronavirus. (edited, with Didier Fassin, University of Chicago Press).

Selected articles and book chapters