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. My primary interests fall squarely in the subfield of economic sociology.

If I summarized my "big-picture" approach it would be importing insights gleaned from cognitive social science, cultural sociology, and network analysis into economic sociology. More specifically, I 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) the problem of grounding (bringing all theoretical concepts to the level of cognition, embodiment, materiality, and situational action).

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, I am working to advance a sociology of elite advising by building on the long tradition in the social sciences of examining political advisors, and adding my doctoral research on management consulting.

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.

Compendiums of My Experience: