Much of my current research analyzes “taboo trades” — exchanges that are contested by society and, in some cases, forbidden altogether. I have written on commercial surrogacy, egg and sperm markets, and sex work. At the moment, much of my work is on incentives for organ donation. Although financial incentives are part of the menu, I am most interested in non-financial incentives, such as kidney swaps, NEAD chains, and priority systems that provide an incentive to donate. You can view my work on Taboo Trades here.
Another area of my research centers on the regulation of financial markets and business organizations. At present, I am examining the administrative process surrounding the Volcker Rule, a complex and highly-contested provision of Dodd-Frank. You can view my work on the regulation of financial markets and business organizations here.
Finally, I have spent several years researching corporate boards of directors. Through an ethnographic method, this work analyzes directors’ views on the workings of the corporate boardroom and board relations with management, with a special emphasis on directors’ views on race and gender diversity in the boardroom. You can view my research on board diversity here.