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 (13)
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 ...
Articles on Wealth, Professions and Global Capital (10)
Transnational Professionals Annual Review of Sociology (2020)
This review answers recent calls to consider the transformative role of transnational professionals in contemporary globalization. It departs from the dominant perspective, which views professions as constrained by states’ geographical boundaries and by organizations such ...
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 ...