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Daniel Breslau

Daniel Breslau, Associate Professor

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Daniel Breslau, Associate Professor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
131 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8472 |

Daniel Breslau is an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society. 

  • Economic sociology
  • Sociology of the social sciences
  • Politics of energy markets
  • STS studies of economics
  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • Council Member, Society for Social Studies of Science
  • Robert K. Merton Book Award, American Sociological Association, 2000
  • Outstanding Dissertation Advisor Award, Virginia Tech, 2006, 2008


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

Journal Articles

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.

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