Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
The William R. Rhodes Center

Daniel Hirschman

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Brown University

My research examines the role of numbers in political and economic life. I have studied debates surrounding affirmative action and the quantification of merit in undergraduate admissions, political contestation around gender-based pricing of insurance and credit, the history of the measurement of top incomes, and the interaction of financial innovation and financial regulation. I am currently working on a book manuscript on the production and circulation of quantitative descriptions of inequality, tentatively titled Unequal Knowledge: The Stylized Facts of Inequality.