Daniel Breslau

Associate Professor and Department Chair, STS

Blacksburg Campus

Email: dbreslau@vt.eduPhone: 540-231-8472
Office Hours: TBAOffice: 235 Lane Hall

Daniel Breslau received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of In Search of the Unequivocal: The Political Economy of Measurement in US Labor Market Policy (Praeger, 1998), winner of the Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association. He has published many articles and chapters on social studies of economics, sociology, and social statistics. His current research investigates the economics and politics of electricity market design.

Publications in Science & Technology Studies

Selected Publications

Breslau, Daniel. 2013. "Designing a market-like entity: Economics in the politics of market formation." Social Studies of Science 43:829-851.

Breslau, Daniel. 2013. "Studying and Doing Energy Transition (Review Essay)." Nature and Culture 8:324-330.

Breslau, Daniel. 2011. "What do Market Designers Do When They Design Markets? Economists as Consultants to the Redesign of Wholesale Electricity Markets in the U.S." Pp. 379-403 in Social Knowledge in the Making, edited by Charles Camic, Neil Gross, and Michèle Lamont. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Breslau, Daniel. 2007. "The American Spencerians: Theorizing a New Science." Pp. 39-62 in Sociology in America: A History, edited by Craig Calhoun. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Yonay, Yuval, and Daniel Breslau. 2006. "Marketing Models: The Culture of Mathematical Economics." Sociological Forum 21:345-386.

Breslau, Daniel. 2005. "The Real and the Imaginary in Economic Methodology." Pp. 451-460 in The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others, edited by George Steinmetz. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.