Emily Erikson

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Emily Erikson is an associate professor of sociology at Yale University working on the role of social networks in historical and cultural change. Her recent book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company (Princeton University Press, 2014), is the winner of the Allan Sharlin Memorial Award of the Social Science History Association, the Ralph Gomory Prize of the Business History Conference, the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize, and the James Coleman Award for Outstanding Publication of the Rationality & Society Section of the American Sociological Association. She is currently developing a new monograph on the role of organizational forms and state-merchant relations in the development of the field of economic thought: New Knowledge: Companies and the Rise of Economic Thought (under contract with Columbia University Press). She serves on the council for the economic sociology section of the American Sociological Association and the executive council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and sits on the editorial board for Social Science History, the editorial committee for the Relational Sociology Series (Palgrave MacMillan), and is a founding member of the advisory board for the Journal of Historical Network Research. She has published in the American Journal of Sociology, the Annual Review of Sociology, Sociology Theory, Political Power and Social Theory, Social Science History, and Contemporary Sociology.


  • PhD, Columbia University

Selected Books

Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics

E. Erikson
Political Power and Social Theory

Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company 1600-1757

E. Erikson
Princeton University Press

Selected Articles

Social Networks and Macro-Social Change

E. Erikson and N. Occhiuto
Annual Review of Sociology

Social Networks and Port Traffic in Early Modern Trade

E. Erikson and S. Samila
Social Science History

Central Authority and Order

E. Erikson and J. Parent
Sociological Theory

Anarchy, Hierarchy and Order

J. Parent and E. Erikson
Cambridge Review of International Affairs


Yale Institute of Network Science
South Asian Council
The Center for Comparative Research (CCR)
The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE)
Social Network Working Group
Transitions to Modernity Colloquium