Greta Krippner

Professional Title

Associate Professor of Sociology




Greta Krippner is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Her first book, Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance (Harvard University Press, 2011), examined the financialization of the U.S. economy in the period since the 1970s, arguing that the turn to finance was an inadvertent response to unresolved distributional dilemmas as post-war growth stalled. Her current book project traces the long history of the individualization of risk in U.S. society, asking how the notion that each individual should “pay the cost” of her own riskiness emerged as a widely accepted normative principle governing how risk is distributed in contemporary society. She is also currently working on a series of papers exploring how markets are constituted by forms of social difference, including gender, race, and sexuality.

Research Interests

political economy
historical methods