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Carruthers Named MacArthur Professor of Sociology

Professor of sociology is author of five books

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November 4, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Bruce Carruthers, professor of sociology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology.

Carruthers’ research interests include comparative and historical sociology, economic sociology and the sociology of law and of organizations. His most recent books are “Money and Credit: A Sociological Approach” (with Laura Ariovich) and “Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis” (with Terence Halliday).

Carruthers’ current projects include research on the historical evolution of credit as a problem in the sociology of trust, regulatory arbitrage, what modern derivatives markets reveal about the relationship between law and capitalism, and the regulation of credit for poor people in early 20th century America.

Other books by Carruthers include “City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution,” “Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States” and “Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings and Social Structure.”

Carruthers is the currently on the editorial boards of the journals Social Forces and Contemporary Sociology and has previously served on the boards of Socio-Economic Review, Annual Review of Sociology and the American Journal of Sociology.

His honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a visiting scholar appointment from the Russell Sage Foundation and visiting fellowships to the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. His recent book with Halliday won three prizes from the American Sociological Association.

Since joining the Northwestern faculty in 1990, Carruthers has served as chair of the sociology department and director of graduate studies. He was the Arthur Andersen Teaching and Research Professor from 2002 to 2004 and the Gerald F. and Marjorie G. Fitzgerald Professor of Economic History from 2006 to 2009.
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