About Brooke Harrington
Who creates change in markets and other financial institutions? My research for the past 15 years has investigated this question in a variety of empirical domains.I am an economic and organizational sociologist by training, with an empirical focus on finance. My latest book for Harvard University Press concerns an elite occupational group within finance and its impact on international law and stratification. Previously, my research examined the effects of diversity and decision-making processes on the performance of investment groups. I'm interested in how things get done--what social actors actually do in their daily lives--and how that aggregates to the macro-level of financial markets, culture and political institutions. My work intersects with the literatures of political economy, anthropology, social psychology and behavioral finance.
|Present||Professor, Dartmouth College ‐ Department of Sociology|
Honors and Awards
- 2018--American Sociological Association, Outstanding Book Award, Section on Inequality, Poverty & Mobility
- 2018--Academy of Management, International Impactful Collaboration Award
- 2017--Copenhagen Business School, DSEB Research Award
- 2012--European University Institute, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship
- 2006--Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Research Fellowship
- 2003--Brown University, Wriston Teaching Award
- 2002--Academy of Management, Newman Best Paper Award
- 2002--Academy of Management, Best Paper Award, Organizational Behavior Division
- Economic Sociology
- Managerial Economics
Book: Capital without Borders (9)
Interview: "6 Ways to Build Customer Trust, According to a Wealth Management Expert" Inc. Magazine (2017)
This interview for Thomas Stewart's and Patricia O'Connell's column in Inc. focuses on the organizational implications of Capital without Borders, particularly as they pertain to provision of luxury services.
Capital without Borders: Wealth Management and the One Percent (2016)
This book draws together the findings of eight years of field research in the wealth management profession, including 65 interviews with practitioners in 18 countries. The text delves into the medieval origins of the profession ...
Articles in the Popular Press (7)
Why Tax Havens Are Political and Economic Disasters The Atlantic (2016)
This article reviews the "finance curse"--the paradox of economic, political and social decline in countries that otherwise seem to be prospering by serving as offshore tax havens. Using examples from Panama, Antigua and Luxembourg, the ...
Articles on Wealth, Professions and Global Capital (9)
Between Kinship and Commerce: Fiduciaries and the Institutional Logics of Family Firms Family Business Review (2018)
In this study we explore how the institutions of kinship and commerce are integrated within family businesses.Previous research shows that family firms’ characteristic synthesis of institutional logics often unravels duringintergenerational successions; however, it remains unclear ...
Habitus and the Labor of Representation Among Elite Professionals Journal of Professions and Organization (2017)
This paper reports findings from an 8-year study of the embodiment, acquisition, and consequencesof habitus in the wealth management profession. The study contributes in three ways to the ongoingeffort to apply Bourdieu’s theories to contemporary ...
Trusts and Financialization Socio-Economic Review (2016)
This article identifies trusts as a legal structure associated with the global spread of financialization. Although trusts originated in Medieval England, they have acquired a new significance in contemporary finance by virtue of their advantages ...
Going Global: Professions and the Micro-Foundations of Institutional Change Journal of Professions and Organization (2015)
This study links theories of relationality and institutional change to deepen understanding of professionals’ role in globalization. In previous institutional research, it has been conventional to treat professionals as agents of firms or transnational organizations, ...
Trust and Estate Planning: The Emergence of a Profession and Its Contribution to Socioeconomic Inequality Sociological Forum (2012)
This article offers a new perspective on the connection between socioeconomic inequality and occupations by examining the impact of trust and estate planners on global wealth stratification. While many studies treat the professions as mirrors ...
Trust and Estate Planning Max Planck Institute Discussion Papers (2009)
This paper offers a fresh perspective on the connection between professional work and socio-economic inequality by tracing the emergence of the trust and estate planning profession in America. Unlike studies of inequality and the professions ...