Monica Prasad

Professor of Sociology

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330

Phone: (847) 491-3899
m-prasad@northwestern.edu

Office Hours: By Appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Political Sociology
Economic Sociology
Comparative Historical Analysis

Relevant Links

Institute for Policy Research

Biography

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."

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 324: Global Capitalism Syllabus
SOCIOL 398-1: Senior Research Seminar Syllabus
SOCIOL 476: Political Sociology Syllabus

Books

The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty; Harvard University Press, 2012 --data and calculations

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

Publications

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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Upcoming Events

Colloquium: Tianna Paschel, University of Chicago
April 24, 201412:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Culture Workshop: Christopher Carroll, NU Sociology
April 24, 20143:30 PM - 5:30 PM

March 31, 2014