500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States
The University of Michigan where Sarah Babb received her Bachelor of Arts degree.
633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States
Northwestern University where Sarah Babb received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
(Economy/Society is an accessible introduction to the ways...)
Economy/Society is an accessible introduction to the ways in which economic exchanges are embedded in social relationships. Bruce Carruthers and Sarah Babb tackle big issues and real problems with analytical power and lively ideas. They offer rich and novel insights into such topics as advertising, consumer behavior, the diffusion of innovations, conflicts in the workplace, social inequality, and the economic development of nations.
(Just one generation ago, lawyers dominated Mexico's polit...)
Just one generation ago, lawyers dominated Mexico's political elite, and Mexican economists were a relatively powerless group of mostly leftist nationalists. Today, in contrast, the country is famous, or perhaps infamous, for being run by American-trained neoclassical economists. This book chronicles the evolution of economic expertise in Mexico over the course of the twentieth century, showing how internationally credentialed experts came to set the agenda for the Mexican economics profession and to dominate Mexican economic policymaking. It also reveals how the familiar language of Mexico's new experts overlays a professional structure that is still alien to most American economists.
(The World Bank and other multilateral development banks (...)
The World Bank and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) carry out their mission to alleviate poverty and promote economic growth based on the advice of professional economists. But as Sarah Babb argues in Behind the Development Banks, these organizations have also been indelibly shaped by Washington politics - particularly by the legislative branch and its power of the purse. Tracing American influence on MDBs over three decades, this volume assesses increased congressional activism and the perpetual "selling" of banks to Congress by the executive branch. Babb contends that congressional reluctance to fund the MDBs has enhanced the influence of the United States on them by making credible America's threat to abandon the banks if its policy preferences are not followed.
(Institutional review boards (IRBs) are panels charged wit...)
Institutional review boards (IRBs) are panels charged with protecting the rights of humans who participate in research studies ranging from biomedicine to social science. Regulating Human Research provides a fresh look at these influential and sometimes controversial boards, tracing their historic transformation from academic committees to compliance bureaucracies: non-governmental offices where specialized staff define and apply federal regulations. In opening the black box of contemporary IRB decision-making, author Sarah Babb argues that compliance bureaucracy is an adaptive response to the dynamics and dysfunctions of American governance. Yet this solution has had unforeseen consequences, including the rise of a profitable ethics review industry.
Sarah Babb began her studies at the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1988. Then she went to Northwestern University and obtained a Master of Arts degree in sociology in 1993 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in sociology in 1998.
Sarah Babb, after completing her doctor's degree in 1998, joined the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as an assistant professor of sociology, a position she held till 2003. Since 2003 she has been an educator at Boston College. In the beginning, she worked as an assistant professor of sociology for two years and became an associate professor in 2004. Since 2011 she has been a professor of sociology.
In addition to her main teaching activity at the college, Babb has been holding the position of director of graduate studies of the department of sociology since June 2018, a position she also held from July 2007 till June 2011. From July 2011 till June 2017 she was chairperson in the department of sociology. She was a member of the Dean's List Selection Committee and Boston College Institutional Review Board and is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Board of Chairs.
Sarah Babb is also actively engaged in writing and contributing to writings. Some of her early work focused on debates and social movements surrounding monetary policy in the United States in the decades immediately following the Civil War. She is the author of many published works exploring the connections among organizations, professions, and the state. Her book, Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism, taken from her doctoral dissertation, examines historical changes in the economics profession in Mexico. Her book, Behind the Development Banks: Washington Politics, World Poverty, and the Wealth of Nations, is written for anyone interested in how American politics helps determine the fate of developing countries.
Babb's most recent book is Regulating Human Research: IRBs from Peer Review to Compliance Bureaucracy (2020). She also contributed to the American Journal of Sociology, The American Sociologist, Theory & Society, and many other publications.
(The World Bank and other multilateral development banks (...)2009
(Institutional review boards (IRBs) are panels charged wit...)2020
(Just one generation ago, lawyers dominated Mexico's polit...)2001
(Economy/Society is an accessible introduction to the ways...)1999
Sarah Babb is a member of the American Sociological Association.
Besides English, Sarah Babb is fluent in Spanish.