About Dustin

Dustin-Stoltz-2012-Climbing-Garden-of-the-Gods-Colorado-The-Brief-NoteI am currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Most of my interests fall into the subfield of economic sociology, but this usually includes cultural sociology, organizational studies, network analysis, and cognitive social science.

My projects tend to gravitate toward three broad theoretical epicenters: (1) coordination problems (how people think together, move together, and work together), (2) distribution problems (how people think stuff does, and ought to, move around), and (3) grounding (bringing all theoretical concepts to the level of cognition, embodiment, materiality, and situational action – or, I try not to “reify the macro”).

Methodologically, I am fixated on the problem of bringing out the cultural unconscious in talk and text (and completely flippant about the qualitative/quantitative divide). Substantively, a long-term goal of mine is to advance a sociology of elite advising by building on the long tradition in the social sciences of examining political advisors, and adding my own empirical exploration of management consulting.

Previously, I attended Montana State University’s sociology program and was an AmeriCorps member in beautiful Bozeman, Montana (where I first caught the passion of mountaineering). I then served in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Azerbaijan (and exploited the opportunity by climbing all around the Caucasus Mountains). In tandem, I completed a master’s in sociology and community and economic development at Illinois State’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development . (Which, has continued to rank in the top 10 in the nation for the past few years among Peace Corps Master’s International programs. Although, sadly and inexplicably, the Peace Corps discontinued the Master’s International program in 2016 after almost 30 years.) I rounded off my experience abroad working in the banking industry in Japan and traveling throughout Asia.


Compendiums of My Experience: