Ph.D. University of California, Davis
311 Heroy Hall
Research and Teaching Interests
Economic Sociology, Organizations and Innovation; Political Sociology and Collective Violence;
Historical and Comparative Sociology
My research revolves around government policies and the intellectual and political currents that shape them. One main strand of work concerns public policy and the dynamics of technological innovation. A recent co-edited volume explores technology policy and the government's role in the U.S. innovation system; ongoing projects concern innovation policies and dynamics in the alternative energy sector. A second strand of work explores global and historical patterns in government responses to episodes of mass violence, focusing on the questions of how democratic governments explain violent outbreaks, and how they justify the use of police or military force to quell social protest.
Matthew R. Keller and Fred Block. Forthcoming. "Explaining the Transformation of the U.S. Innovation System: the Role of a Small Government Program." Socio-Economic Review.
Matthew R. Keller. Forthcoming. "When is the State's Gaze Focused? British Royal Commissions and the Bureaucratization of Conflict." Journal of Historical Sociology.
Fred Block and Matthew R. Keller, eds. 2011. State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development.
Matthew R. Keller 2011. "The CIA's Pioneering Role in Public Venture Capital Initiatives." In Block and Keller, eds. State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development.
Matthew R. Keller. 2009. "Commissioning Legitimacy: The Global Logics of National Violence Commissions in the 20th Century" Politics & Society 37(3), pp. 352-396.
Fred Block and Matthew R. Keller. 2009. "Where do Innovations Come From? Changes in the U.S. Economy, 1970-2006" Socio-Economic Review 7(3): pp. 459-483.
Economic Stimulus and Innovation Capacity at the Department of Energy. NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program (SciSIP) (Co-Principal Investigator with Fred Block, UC Davis).