Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330
Phone: (847) 491-3899
Office Hours: By Appointment
Areas of Interest
Comparative Historical Analysis
Monica Prasad studies how societies create and regulate markets, from the state regulations of the Progressive era to the fair trade labeling and carbon taxes of today. In her book The Politics of Free Markets (winner of the 2007 Barrington Moore Award) she investigates why the movement to minimize government regulation of markets--"neoliberalism"--was so much stronger in the U.S. and Britain than in France and West Germany.
Her new book The Land of Too Much (winner of several awards including the ASA Distinguished Scholarly Publication award) develops a demand-side theory of comparative political economy to explain the surprisingly large role of the state in the U.S., its origins in the 19th century revolution in agricultural productivity, and its consequences for undermining a European-style welfare state and leaving U.S. economic growth dependent on "mortgage Keynesianism."
The Politics of Free Markets: The Rise of Neoliberal Economic Policies in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States;University of Chicago Press, 2006
The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective;
Co-edited with Isaac Martin and Ajay Mehrotra; Cambridge University Press, 2009
The Popular Origins of Neoliberalism in the Reagan Tax Cut of 1981; Journal of Policy History; Cambridge University Press, 2012
Lessons from Environmental Taxes in Europe;
Government and Markets (Chapter 11)
Edward J. Balleisen and David A. Moss; Cambridge University Press, 2010
The Origins of Tax Systems; With Kimberly J. Morgan; American Journal of Sociology, 2009
Three Theories of the Crisis; Accounts (ASA) (Essay); Economic Sociology Newsletter, 2009
Symposium on the Politics of Free Markets; ASA Political Sociology, 2007
Why Is France So French?; American Journal of Sociology, 2005
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"The Humanities in the Age of Ecological Catastrophe” with Deborah Coen and Timothy Morton
November 4, 2014 • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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