Emily Erikson is the Joseph C. Fox Academic Director of the Fox International Fellowship and associate professor of sociology and the school of management (by courtesy). She works on the emergence and development of global networks, organizations, and the institutions of capitalism and democracy. Her award-winning book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company (Princeton University Press, 2014) shows how the autonomy of agents in the East India Company fostered informal information sharing and organizational flexibility that were key to the Company’s long-term success. The book illuminates the processes underpinning the emergence of early multi-national firms and the structure of early modern global trade. Her forthcoming book, The End of Equity: Companies and Politics in the Development of a New Science of Economics (Columbia University Press), identifies a crucial transformation in economic thinking in the early modern era, when moral issues took a backseat to growth imperatives. She shows that the increasing power of companies coupled with merchant’s marginal political power created the conditions that drove individual to adopt a new theoretical and moral framework for economic thought focused on national prosperity rather than individual moral behavior.
Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Sociology Theory, The Journal of Economic History, and Social Science History, among others. She serves on the council for the economic sociology section of the American Sociological Association, the editorial board for Social Science History, the editorial committee for the Relational Sociology Series. She is a founding member of the advisory board for the Journal of Historical Network Research and sits of the executive council of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate.
- Erikson, Emily, ed. 2015. Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics. Political Power and Social Theory/Emerald Publishing.
- Erikson, Emily. (2014) Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company. Princeton University Press.
- Co-winner, Allan Sharlin Memorial Award, 2015, Social Science History Association
- Co-winner, Ralph Gomory Prize, 2015, Business History Conference and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- Gaddis Smith International Book Prize, 2016, MacMillan Center, Yale University
- James Coleman Award for Outstanding Book, 2016, Rationality & Society Section of the American Sociological Association
- Erikson, Emily and Sampsa Samila. 2015. “Social Networks and Port Traffic in Early Modern Trade,” Social Science History, Vol. 39, No. 2.
- Erikson, Emily. 2013. “Formalist and Relationalist Theory in Social Network Analysis” Sociological Theory 31 (3): 219-242
- Erikson, Emily and Joseph Parent. 2007. “Central Authority and Order” Sociological Theory 25 (3): 245-267.
- Erikson, Emily and Peter Bearman. 2006. “Malfeasance and the Foundations for Global Trade: The Structure of English Trade in the East Indies, 1601-1833” American Journal of Sociology 111 (6), pp. 195-230.
Selected Reviews and Chapters
- Erikson, Emily. Forthcoming 2017 “Networks and Network Theory: Possible Directions for Unification” Social Theory Now, Claudio Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Reed, eds. University of Chicago Press.
- Erikson, Emily. Forthcoming. “The Influence of Trade with Asia on British Economic Theory and Practice” Global Historical Sociology, edited volume, Julian Go, George Lawson, eds. Cambridge University Press.
- Erikson, Emily. 2015. “Relationalism Emergent” Review of Applying Relational Sociology and Conceptualizing Relational Sociology in Contemporary Sociology, 44(1): 3-7. DOI 10.1177/0094306114562200
- Erikson, Emily. 2014. Review of Simon Polillo’s Conservatives versus Wildcats: An Economic Sociology of Conflict. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 119 (2): 1495-1497.
- Erikson, Emily. 2012. “Impossible Engineering” Book Review. Sociological Forum, Vol. 27 (2): pp. 552-556.
- Erikson, Emily. 2008. “The Real Network Society” Review of The Art of the Network: Strategic Interaction and Patronage in Renaissance Florence by Paul D. McLean. Historical Methods, 41 (4), pp. 163-166.
- White, Harrison and Emily Erikson. 2003. “Taboo” Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
- Interview on The MacMillan Report, Erikson speaks about her award-winning book, ”Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757.
Courses and Seminars
- SOCY 151/Hums 302/PLSC 290, Foundations of Modern Social Theory
- SOCY 167, Social Networks and Society
- SOCY 219, Economic Sociology
- SOCY 542, Sociological Theory
- SOCY 564, Advanced Topics in Social Theory
- SOCY 573, Social Capital and Small Group Processes
- SOCY 632, Social Network Analysis
- Yale Institute of Network Science
- South Asian Council
- The Center for Comparative Research (CCR)
- The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE)
- Social Network Working Group
- Transitions to Modernity Colloquium