Roi Livne is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. He is also affiliated with Berkeley’s Center for Ethnographic Research and Northwestern University’s Science in Human Culture Program. His research engages a variety of topics, including economic sociology, science and technology studies, medical sociology, morality, organizations, and political sociology.
He is currently working on a book project (under contract with Harvard University Press) on the U.S. economy of dying. Combining historical and ethnographic analyses of Hospice and Palliative Care clinicians, Roi investigate how economic and organizational constraints play into life-and-death decisions at the bedside. His first article on the topic, “Economies of Dying: The Moralization of Economic Scarcity in U.S. Hospice Care” was published in the American Sociological Review. His other research projects focus on the techno-politics of sovereign debt management (with Yuval Yonay and Benjamin Lemoine) and on the micro-sociology of court expertise (with Marion Fourcade).