Michael Reay

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College.

Michael Reay is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught in the MA Program in the Social Sciences. He has been teaching Sociology at liberal arts colleges since 2002. His research and scholarship focuses on the sociology of knowledge, and he has published papers on the identity and authority of American economists, the nature of orthodox economic theory and its influence on policy, and the uneven distribution of social experience across space and time. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Economic Figures: Economists as Scientists, Philosophers, Priests and Bureaucrats.

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  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey