Dr. Sarah Quinn is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. She primarily focuses on the intersection of political structures and cultural understandings in financial markets. Her ongoing research examines the U.S. government’s spin-off of Fannie Mae in 1968 and the hidden political roots of the current market for mortgage-backed securities in the U.S. Her earlier work on changing moral conceptions of market practices was published in the American Journal of Sociology and has since been reprinted in the third edition of Granovetter and Swedburdg’s The Sociology of Economic Life. Before joining the faculty at the University of Washington she spent two years at the Michigan Society of Fellows in Ann Arbor. Dr. Quinn earned a B.A. in Sociology at Smith College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. While at Berkeley, she co-edited a writing guide for sociology undergraduates.
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Hoping to learn from other countries’ experiences in organizing finance for agriculture, more than 150 Americans were sent abroad in the summer of 1913 to investigate the minutiae of farm-credit systems in and around Europe.