A little about Beth...


Elizabeth Popp Berman is a sociologist whose work is at the intersection of organizations, economic sociology, and the sociology of science and knowledge. Much of her work focuses on recent U.S. history and emphasizes the role of public policy.


Currently, she is completing a book manuscript titled, Thinking Like an Economist: How Economics Became the Language of U.S. Public Policy, under contract with Princeton University Press. Her first book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine won several awards from the American Sociological Association and the Social Science History Association. She also has ongoing interests in higher education and quantification processes, and is developing a project on disciplinary responses to the reproducibility crisis in social science.


Beth is joining Michigan from the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was associate professor of sociology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.