Daniel Breslau

Associate Professor and Department Chair


235 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-8472




  • Economic sociology
  • Sociology of the social sciences
  • Politics of energy markets
  • STS studies of economics

Professional Activities

  • Council Member, Society for Social Studies of Science


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago

Awards and Honors

Robert K. Merton Book Award, American Sociological Association, 2000

Outstanding Dissertation Advisor Award, Virginia Tech, 2006, 2008

Selected Publications


Breslau, Daniel. 1998. In Search of the Unequivocal: The Political Economy of Measurement in US Labor Market Policy. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.


Breslau, Daniel. 2013. “Designing a Market-like Entity: Economics in the Politics of Market Formation.” Social Studies of Science 43 (6): 829–51. doi:10.1177/0306312713493962.

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.” In Social Knowledge in the Making, edited by Charles Camic, Neil Gross, and Michèle Lamont, 379–403. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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

Breslau, Daniel. 2003. “Economics Invents the Economy: Mathematics, Statistics, and Models in the Work of Irving Fisher and Wesley Mitchell.” Theory and Society 32 (3): 379–411.