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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Babb

Sociology Department


Sara Babb


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998

McGuinn Hall 426C
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-2930

Curriculum Vitae


Scholarly Interests

Globalization, Organizations, Economic Sociology, Latin America, Political Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

Academic Profile

Some recurring themes in my research are: the origins of economic ideas and their role in social change, the globalization of economic policy models, and the dynamics and pathologies of organizations.

Some of my past research topics have included the history of the economics profession in Mexico, the origins of the conditional lending practices of the International Monetary Fund, and the role of American politics in shaping the policies of the World Bank. One of my current research projects looks at the standardization in the policies and procedures of Institutional Review Boards.

Courses Typically Taught

SOCY2210 - Methods of Social Research
SOCY3377 - The Sociology of Revolutions
SOCY5599 - Economic Sociology
SOCY7761 - Second Year Graduate Writing Seminar

Recent Professional Honors and Awards

Chair, Section on Global and Transnational Sociology, American Sociological Association (2011-12)

Co-winner, 2011 best book award of the Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association, for Behind the Development Banks: Washington Politics, World Poverty, and the Wealth of Nations (Chicago: 2009).

Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., 2005-06.

Co-winner, Viviana Zelizer book award, Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, for Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism (Princeton: 2001).

Co-winner, Mirra Komorovsky book award, Eastern Sociological Society. Co-winner, for Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism (Princeton: 2001).

Recent Publications

Babb, Sarah. 2013. “The Washington Consensus as Transnational Policy Paradigm: Its Origins, Trajectory and Likely Successor.” Review of International Political Economy 20 (2): 1-30. Read the abstract.

Babb, Sarah. 2009. Behind the Development Banks: Washington Politics, World Poverty, and the Wealth of Nations. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Chorev, Nitsan and Sarah Babb. 2009. “The Crisis of Neoliberalism and the Future of International Institutions: The IMF and the WTO in Comparative Perspective.” Theory and Society 38: 459-484. Read the abstract.

Babb, Sarah and Bruce G. Carruthers. 2008. “Conditionality: Forms, Function, and History.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 4: 13-29.

Babb, Sarah. 2007. “Embeddedness, Inflation, and International Regimes: The IMF in the Early Postwar Period.” American Journal of Sociology 113: 128-64. Read the document.

Babb, Sarah. 2005. The Social Consequences of Structural Adjustment: Recent Evidence and Current Debates.” Annual Review of Sociology 31: 199-222.

Fourcade-Gourinchas, Marion and Sarah Babb. 2002. “The Rebirth of the Liberal Creed: Paths to Neoliberalism in Four Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 108(3): 533-79.

Babb, Sarah. 2001. Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


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