Economic Sociology, Sociology of Sports, Organizational Sociology


I am an economic sociologist and I tend to be interested in complex social and political issues that have a central economic component. So, for example, my first book was on the political bargaining in major Chapter 11 strategic bankruptcies. Then, I studied the political battles occurring in many US cities over the use of public tax money to build professional sports stadiums.

Currently, I am completing a book on how people in particular professions that have money as a central feature of their jobs (like hedge fund traders, fund raisers, debt counselors, poker players and religious clergy) learn to think about money within their professional training and day-to-day work lives.

Selected Publications

  • Money at Work: On the Job with Priests, Poker Players, and Hedge Fund Traders (NYU Press, 2012) - Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003).
  • Strategic Bankruptcy: How Corporations and Creditors Use Chapter 11 to Their Advantage (Univ. of California Press, 1992; 1999).

Courses Taught

  • Sociology of Sports
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Organizations