Department of Business and Politics

Professor with special responsibilities


My research examines the social underpinnings of money and markets. I’ve investigated this question in a variety of empirical domains, ranging from amateur investors in the United States to the global wealth management profession. I'm interested in how things get done--what social actors like investors and professionals actually do--and how that aggregates to the macro-level of financial markets, culture and political institutions. My work intersects with the literatures of political economy, anthropology, social psychology and behavioral finance. Most recently, Harvard University Press published my book on offshore finance and wealth management, titled Capital without Borders: Wealth Management and the One Percent. Previously, my research examined the effects of diversity and decision-making processes on the performance of investment groups.

Primary research areas
  • Economic Sociology
  • Organizational Sociology
  • Professions
  • Inequality
  • Small Groups
Administrative tasks

Curriculum Vitae
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Advanced Economic Sociology

Organizational Analysis

Managerial Economics

Advanced Topics in Diversity Management


Other teaching activities

Selected publications

Book excerpt: The Guardian, September 2016

Book review: The Times Higher Education, September 2016

Book review: In These Times, September 2016

Publications & dissemination
Brooke Harrington; Vanessa M. Strike / Between Kinship and Commerce : Fiduciaries and the Institutional Logics of Family Firms.
In: Family Business Review, 8.6.2018
Journal article
Brooke Harrington / Habitus and the Labor of Representation Among Elite Professionals
In: Journal of Professions and Organization, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2017, p. 282–301
Journal article
Brooke Harrington / Jens Beckert, 2016, Fraud and Fantasy : Towards a New Research Agenda for Economic Sociology.
In: Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2017, p. 249-255
Book review
Brooke Harrington / Studying Elite Professionals in Transnational Settings
In: Professional Networks in Transnational Governance. ed. /Leonard Seabrooke; Lasse Folke Henriksen. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2017, p. 39-49
Book chapter
Brooke Harrington / Trusts and Financialization
In: Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1.2017, p. 31-63
Journal article
Brooke Harrington / Capital without Borders : Wealth Managers and the One Percent.
Cambridge : Harvard University Press 2016, 400 p.
Brooke Harrington / Immersion Ethnography of Elites
In: Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods. . ed. /Kimberly Elsbach; Roderick Kramer. New York : Routledge 2016, p. 134-142
Book chapter
Brooke Harrington / Social Structure, Power, and Financial Fraud
In: The Global Financial Crisis and its Aftermath: Hidden Factors in the Meltdown. . ed. /A.G. Malliaris; Leslie Shaw; Hersh Shefrin. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2016, p. 340-355
Book chapter
Brooke Harrington / Going Global : Professionals and the Micro-foundations of Institutional Change.
In: Journal of Professions and Organization, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2015, p. 103-121
Journal article
Brooke Harrington / Governing Global Capital : Professions and Regional Competition In Offshore Finance.
Abstract from XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology 2014, 2014
Conference abstract for conference
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