Dustin S. Stoltz is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame and is an affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. 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 and cultural sociology.
I study cultural sociology, economic sociology, organizations and networks, specifically how cultural-cognitive mechanisms shape discourse and reasoning about issues of community and economic development in the context of organizations and policy-making decisions.