Bruce Carruthers, a professor of sociology at Northwestern University, studies comparative/historical sociology and economic sociology. He is the author of City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1996) and a coauthor of Economy/Society: Markets, Meaning and Social Structure (Pine Forge Press, 1999) and Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States (Oxford University Press, 1998). He has also published papers on money, accounting, commercial law, property rights, and US social policy.
While at the Radcliffe Institute, he will work on a sociological history of credit in Anglo-American society from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century, understanding credit as a question of trust. How do creditors decide whom to trust with their money? How have such decisions evolved over time? He will also research the impact of globalization on corporate bankruptcy law and the legal regulation of small loans in early-twentieth-century United States.
Carruthers received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1991. He visited the Russell Sage Foundation in 2000–2001 and the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australia National University, in 2004, and he won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the Sociological Research Association and a visiting professor at the International Center for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School.