Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Hyer Hall 310A
Research and Teaching Interests
Economic Sociology; Political Economy; Organizations and Institutions; Technological Innovation; 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 and industrial policies, green energy innovation, and the dynamics of institutional change. 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. 2015. “Do as I Say, or As I Do? U.S. Innovation and Industrial Policy since the 1980s.” In J. Felipe, ed., with the Asian Development Bank, Development and Modern Industrial Policy in Practice.
Matthew R. Keller. 2014. "When is the State's Gaze Focused? British Royal Commissions and the Bureaucratization of Conflict." Journal of Historical Sociology 27(2)
Fred Block and Matthew R. Keller. 2014. “Can the U.S. Sustain its Global Position? Dynamism and Stagnation in the U.S. Institutional Model.” Political Power and Social Theory 26
Matthew R. Keller and Fred Block. 2013. "Explaining the Transformation of the U.S. Innovation System: the Role of a Small Government Program." Socio-Economic Review 11(4)
Matthew R. Keller and Marian Negoita. 2013. "Correcting Network Failures: The Evolution of U.S. Innovation Policy in the Wind and Advanced Battery Industries." Competition & Change 17(4)
State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development (2011)
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)
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)
Recent Grants and Awards
HOPE Award (Honoring Our Professors of Excellence), SMU Department of Residence Life and Student Housing, 2015.
Economic Stimulus and Innovation Capacity at the Department of Energy. NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program (SciSIP) (Co-Principal Investigator).
Best Paper in Socio-Economic Review, 2009, for "Where do Innovations Come From? Changes in the U.S. Economy, 1970-2006"