Marion Fourcade is Interim Director of the Social Science Matrix and Professor of Sociology. She specializes in the comparative history and sociology of the social sciences and in the study of classification and valuation processes. Her current work focuses on new forms of stratification, morality, and profit in the digital economy.
A comparative sociologist by training and taste, Fourcade is interested in variations in economic and political knowledge and practice across nations. Her first book, Economists and Societies (Princeton University Press 2009), explored the distinctive character of the discipline and profession of economics in three countries. She is now working on a second book, tentatively called Measure for Measure: Social Ontologies of Classification, which examines the cultural and institutional logic of what we may call “national classificatory styles” across a range of empirical domains. She received her PhD from Harvard University (2000) and taught at New York University and Princeton University before joining the Berkeley sociology department in 2003.