There is something wildly ironic about the fact that I’ve spent a good decade trying to convince sociologists that we don’t need to be ‘more like economists’ in order to do good work. And in my new role, all of my colleagues routinely refer to me as the economist on our team. One went so far as to give a talk where she said, “sure we have anthropologists on my team. And sociologists, and political scientists, and even an economist, who is quite nice.” And she meant me!
So in three months, I’ve gone from academic sociologist to economic research scientist. I’m being punked, aren’t I.