Research Interests

Political Sociology Historical Sociology Institutions Methods


My research in the field of social human behavior revolves around several questions:

  • How do organizations react to institutional uncertainty? How institutions shape the behavior of political actors, parties and social movements?
  • What explains the patterning in time and space of social behavior?

These questions direct my work toward the behavior of organizations and institutions in two fields—historical sociology and political sociology —and I answer these questions using quantitative methods.

My interest in methods has also directed my research toward methodology and the understanding of how social scientists use their tools to analyze human behavior.


My research on sainthood in the Catholic Church (forthcoming on "Social Science History") and on miracles (forthcoming on the "I.E. of the Social and Behavioral Sciences", 2nd Edition).

My book The Rationalization of Miracles is in paperback edition!