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, taxation and the professionals who specialize in those domains. 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 (8)
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 (18)
Offshore accounts aren’t for evading taxes. They’re for evading laws altogether. Washington Post (2021)
My analysis of the Pandora Papers as evidence that the offshore financial system is not primarily about tax avoidance or evasion--as the term "tax haven" might suggest--but about avoiding all laws that elites find inconvenient.
How Sociologists Can Battle Covid Denialism The Chronicle of Higher Education (2021)
This article uses reference group theory (Merton), along with Goffman's theory on the group dynamics of fraud, to explain a variety of puzzling behaviors by Americans during the pandemic: mask and vaccine refusal, vaccination in ...
The Anti-Vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable The Atlantic (2021)
This article uses the Sociology of fraud--from Goffman's "On Cooling the Mark Out"--and of reference groups--from Merton's Social Theory and Social Structure--to explain why many Americans have resisted vaccination, or gotten vaccinated in disguise.
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.
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 ...