Daniel Breslau


Daniel Breslau

Associate Professor and Department Chair


131 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

Research Interests

    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.