Assistant Professor

PhD, Sociology, Columbia University

Olivia Nicol is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on the interplay between morals and markets in economic sociology. Recent work examines political conflicts emerging in the aftermath of major economic disasters and how responsibility for complex and collective economic failures becomes diluted in an entanglement of actors, actions and mechanisms. Her current book project, The Blame Game, focuses on attribution of responsibility for the recent financial crisis in the United States (2007 – 2010). Dr. Nicol has a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, and was a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.