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Monica Prasad

Ad Hoc Professor of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest

Comparative Historical Sociology; Economic Sociology; Political Sociology

Relevant Links

Institute for Policy Research


Monica Prasad's areas of interest are political sociology, economic sociology, and comparative historical sociology. She has written three award-winning books using comparative and historical methods to examine the political economy of the United States and Europe, including the history and divergent trajectories of welfare states, the rise of “neoliberalism,” and the origins of distinct patterns of economic growth in different countries and their consequences for redistribution.

Her scholarship has received the Fulbright award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and several other grants and awards.

Her new book, Problem-Solving Sociology, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.


Courses Taught

SOCIOL 324: Global Capitalism Syllabus

SOCIOL 398-1: Senior Research Seminar Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Global Capitalism Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Political Sociology Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Neoliberalism Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Research Design Syllabus


Starving the Beast: Ronald Reagan and the Tax Cut Revolution; Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2018--
data and calculations

The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty; Harvard University Press, 2012 -- data and calculations

The Politics of Free Markets: The Rise of Neoliberal Economic Policies in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States;University of Chicago Press, 2006

The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective;
Co-edited with Isaac Martin and Ajay Mehrotra; Cambridge University Press, 2009


The Popular Origins of Neoliberalism in the Reagan Tax Cut of 1981; Journal of Policy History; Cambridge University Press, 2012

Lessons from Environmental Taxes in Europe; Government and Markets (Chapter 11)
Edward J. Balleisen and David A. Moss; Cambridge University Press, 2010

The Origins of Tax Systems; With Kimberly J. Morgan; American Journal of Sociology, 2009

Three Theories of the Crisis; Accounts (ASA) (Essay); Economic Sociology Newsletter, 2009

Symposium on the Politics of Free Markets; ASA Political Sociology, 2007

Why Is France So French?; American Journal of Sociology, 2005


Data and Calculations for Starving the Beast 

Data and Calculations for Land of Too Much

France Interwar Departmental Data

Interviews for "Walking the Line" article

Comparative Taxation Dataset

Comparative Taxation Dataset Codebook