Areas of Specialization
Economic Sociology, Social Control, Historical methods, Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology, Globalization and the environment
Alex's research is broadly concerned with the impacts of scientific knowledge on organizations, institutions, and individuals. His dissertation examines how politically-engaged experts built racial and gender inequalities into Wisconsin's labor market institutions during the early twentieth century, and how these inequalities were later translated into national policy. He is also engaged in an ongoing project on the environmental and social impacts of high-yield "technified" coffee production, particularly in Latin America.