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) at Yale University. In her work, she takes a computational approach to understanding the social aspects of economic growth and institutional development. She has previously worked on the emergence of early multi-national firms and the structure of early modern global trade (in Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, Princeton University Press, 2014). She just completed a book manuscript, Companies, Polities, and the Birth of Classical Economics (Columbia University Press) that shows the importance of political discourse and the adoption of the company form to the development of classical economic thought in the early modern era. She is currently working on computational models of the emergence of the division of labor.
Erikson is currently a member of the Executive Council for SASE. She also serves on the council for the economic sociology and rationality & society sections of the American Sociological Association, the editorial board for Social Science History, and the executive council of SSH, as well as in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate of Yale University. 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, and she has received numerous book and article awards.