Elizabeth Popp Berman

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Popp BermanExpertise: Organizations

Contact Info:

  • epberman@albany.edu
  • Office: 346 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: (518) 442-4675
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1400 Washington Ave.
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany
    Albany, NY 12222

CV: Curriculum Vitae

Professional Website: http://epberman.com


  • 2007 Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2000 M.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1995 B.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Research Projects

  • Thinking Like an Economist: The Normative Impact of a Positive Discipline on U.S. Public Policy – This project examines how the discipline of economics shaped U.S. public policy in three domains—science, antitrust, and antipoverty policy—from 1960 to 1985. Using a variety of historical methods, it argues that the spread of the intellectual tools of economics in policymaking encouraged a bipartisan shift toward thinking of policy as a means of managing the economy, and toward evaluating policy success in economic terms.
  • Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine -- This research asks how and why academic science became more tied to the marketplace after the late 1970s. It looks at the emergence of market-oriented practices in universities, including the patenting of faculty inventions, biotech entrepreneurship by faculty, and the creation of university-industry research centers. It argues that government action, motivated by new ideas about the impact of scientific and technological innovation on economic growth, transformed universities’ resource environment in ways that allowed such practices to thrive.

Research Interests

  • Organizations
  • Economic Sociology
  • Science and Technology
  • Work and Professions
  • Historical Methods

Courses Taught

  • TSOC 242Z: Organizations (honors college)
  • SOC 325: Sociology of Science
  • SOC 342: Organizations in Society
  • SOC 449W: Selected Topics Seminar in Work and Organizations: Higher Education in the U.S.
  • SOC 510: Sociological Theories I
  • SOC 654: Complex Organizations and Bureaucracy
  • SOC 708: Selected Topics in Methodology: Comparative, Historical, and Case Study Methods