About Dustin

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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. My primary interests fall into economic sociology, and build upon insights gleaned from the cognitive sciences, cultural sociology, organizational studies, sociological theory, philosophy of science, and network analysis. My current and forthcoming work appears in Sociological TheoryPoetics, European Journal of Social Theory, and The American Sociologist.

My main project investigates how implicit culture shapes reasoning about the economy, and how networks and institutions structure the acquisition of such implicit culture among those in elite occupations.

As may be expected, I am fixated on the methodological problems of drawing out implicit culture in talk and text (and  flippant about the qualitative/quantitative divide). As a possible pathway forward, several parallel projects involve incorporating conceptual metaphor theory into both computational linguistic and traditional interview methods.

These various strands are wound together in my mixed-methods dissertation research which advances a sociology of elite advising through a comparative examination of management consulting in North America and Southeast Asia.


Previously, I attended Montana State University's sociology program and was an AmeriCorps member in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I then served in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Azerbaijan. In tandem, 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. I rounded off my experience abroad working in the banking industry in Japan and traveling throughout Asia.