About Dustin


I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame and a doctoral affiliate at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Check out my current and forthcoming work.

I am also a contributor at Culturecog, the secretary and newsletter editor for the ISA’s Research Committee on Economy & Society, and routinely interview scholars for the ASA Culture Section newsletter, and formerly a coordinating editor for the American Sociological Review.

My primary subfields are economic and political sociology and the sociology of culture, falling into two broad projects: (1) the production, distribution, consumption and consequences of ideas, and (2) the cognitive, material, and social processes underlying the evaluations of products and activities. In particular, I am interested in how inequality, hierarchy, propinquity, sorting, and matching shape ideas and evaluations. I build upon the cognitive sciences, interview methods, organizational studies, sociological theory, philosophy of science, and network analysis. I also draw upon, and contribute to, the computational social sciences.

Previously, I attended Montana State University's sociology program and served in AmeriCorps in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I then served in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Through Peace Corps' Master's International program, I completed a master's in sociology and community and economic development at Illinois State's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development. My master's thesis was an ethnographic study of how Azerbaijani households cope with economic risk. I rounded off my experience abroad working in the banking industry in Japan and traveling throughout Asia.