Dustin S. Stoltz is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Notre Dame and is a Doctoral Student Affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His primary field of inquiry is economic sociology, with cultural sociology and organizational studies being close runners-up. His dissertation research advances the sociology of elite advising through an empirical exploration of management consulting practices in an international context, and also explores the implications of the transnational advising industry on human development broadly considered. He received a Master's from Illinois State University in sociology, where he was a fellow of the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development. He also received his bachelor's in sociology from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. His master's thesis explored trust, economic exchange, and meaning-making and was based on fieldwork conducted in Azerbaijan while he was serving in the U.S. Peace Corps. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Dustin worked in the banking industry in Japan, which further informs his international perspective on issues in economic sociology and development.
I am interested in economic sociology, and specifically the role of implicit cultural processes in shaping economic decision-making, inequality, and discrimination. My work draws on the cognitive sciences, network analysis, and organizational theory.