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Wendy Espeland

Northwestern University

Wendy Espeland is a Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. She works in the areas of organizations, culture, and law. Her book, The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest, was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, the Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. She also authored (with Michael Sauder) the award-winning book, Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability.