About me

 

Hi there! I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. My research focuses on twenty- and twenty-first-century social scientists and their institutions, primarily in the United States, and their relationship to conservatism and libertarianism. 

The people I write about are usually working in (and often straddling the boundaries between) disciplines such as psychology (especially social, evolutionary, and positive variants), management and organizations theory, economics, complex systems theory, futurology, and science and technology studies. These thinkers and their institutions are unified by their commitment to an ideology that melds political support for some kind of free-market capitalism, an account of capitalist firms and markets alike as characterized by cooperation, creativity, knowledge growth, and moral commitment, and an approach to social theory that questions its very premises, emphasizing empirically unknowable "spontaneous orders" and agent-based analysis, and sometimes disputing the cogency of the category of "the social". 

I also write about people and institutions who explore similar themes, and promote a similar ideology, outside of the academy, in places ranging from "New Age" communities to evangelical Christian foundations. One of my claims is that the relationship between academic social scientists and such outside figures, and their money, has become substantially and impactfully closer since the 1960s.

Before arriving at Harvard, I graduated from Northwestern University, where I studied mathematics, earth science, and science studies.