Daniel Hirschman

Assistant Professor
209 Maxcy Hall

Research Interests

Economic Sociology, Science Studies, Sociology of Organizations, Quantification, Sociology of Finance, Higher Education


My research examines the role of numbers in political and economic life. I have studied debates surrounding affirmative action and the quantification of merit in undergraduate admissions, political contestation around gender-based pricing of insurance and credit, the history of the measurement of top incomes, and the interaction of financial innovation and financial regulation. I am currently working on a book manuscript on the production and circulation of quantitative descriptions of inequality, tentativey titled Unequal Knowledge: The Stylized Facts of Inequality.