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Matthew R. Keller


Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Hyer Hall 310A
(214) 768-3583
mkeller@smu.edu

 

Research and Teaching Interests

Economic Sociology, Organizations and Innovation; Political Sociology and Collective Violence;
Historical and Comparative Sociology 

Current Research

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.  

Selected Publications

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

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)

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. Forthcoming. “Can the U.S. Sustain its Global Position? Dynamism and Stagnation in the U.S. Institutional Model.” Political Power and Social Theory

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

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"