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 current and forthcoming work appears in Sociological TheoryPoetics, Socius, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour and The American Sociologist. I am also a contributor at Culturecog.

My primary interests are economic 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 cultural products and economic activity. I build upon insights gleaned from the cognitive sciences, organizational studies, sociological theory, philosophy of science, and network analysis.

My substantive research investigates how implicit culture shapes reasoning, discourse, and ideas 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. As a possible pathway forward, several of my parallel projects incorporate conceptual metaphor theory into both computational methods 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. 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.