President of the International Sociological Association's Economy and Society Research Committee (RC02), 2018-2022.
106.002Introduction To Sociology
375.001Money and Power: Insights From Economic Sociology
475.001Money and Power: Insights From Economic Sociology
291.003Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Sociology-Antropology
Economic Sociology, Global Development & Economic Change, Introduction to Sociology, Contemporary Social Problems in Global Perspective, Contemporary Social Theory, Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Complex Organizations, Senior Experience (capstone thesis course)
Areas of Specialization:
Economic Sociology. Global Development & Economic Change. Financial Capitalism. Morals, Markets and Business Ethics. Islamic Banking and Finance. Political Economy. Globalization & Financialization. Malaysia. Focused & Ethnographic Interviews.
My current research can be divided into three themes, all involving finance & society.
First, I am interested in how moral and ethical norms, beliefs, and values influence financial markets. For example, I’ve conducted research on Islamic finance in Malaysia and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) in the United States.
Second, drawing on ethnographic interviews in Islamic investment banks, I am currently conducting research into the social consequences of Islamic finance, particularly Islamic bonds (sukuk).
Third, I research professional investors’ behavior in global financial markets. For example, I have investigated how illiquidity influences investors’ behavior in emerging markets, and why foreigners herd and locals act as their counterparties.
I am always interested in working with graduate students and undergraduates to develop common research projects.
Click Research to see select publications in these areas.
Pitluck, Aaron Z. 2020. “Altering the trajectory of finance: Meaning-making and control in Malaysian Islamic investment banks” in Financialization: Relational Approaches, edited by Chris Hann and Don Kalb (pp.111-135). New York and Oxford: Berghahn.
Pitluck, Aaron Z. 2020. “Intellectual brokerage in economic theology: Methodological and theoretical reflections from Islamic banking and finance” in The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology, edited by Stefan Schwarzkopf (pp.379-90). London: Routledge.
Pitluck, Aaron Z. and Shikshya Adhikari. 2018. "Islamic Finance in the Global North: Secular Incubators, Elementary Accommodation and Strategic Negligence." Pp. 28 in Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives, edited by M. Woodward and R. Lukens-Bull: Springer Reference.
Pitluck, Aaron Z. 2013. “Islamic Banking and Finance: Alternative or Façade?” in Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda, The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Finance, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pitluck, Aaron Z., Fabio Mattioli and Daniel Souleles. 2018. "Finance Beyond Function: Three Causal Explanations for Financialization." Economic Anthropology 5(2):157-71.
Pitluck, Aaron Z. 2014. “How to upscale your social economy into a trillion dollar global market: The convergence paradox of Islamic finance,” United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Think Piece. www.unrisd.org/thinkpiece-pitluck
Pitluck, Aaron Z. 2014. “Watching Foreigners: How counterparties enable herds, crowds, and generate liquidity,” Socio-economic Review 12(1):5-31.
Pitluck, Aaron Z. 2009. “Ethnography Meets Econometrics: Exploring Daily Work Practices that Lead to Financial Crises,” Anthropology News, October 2009, pp.7-8.
“Sometimes it looks fake”: Critique, financial innovation, and pragmatic incrementalism in Islamic banking and finance,” IMPACT HAU Inaugural Workshop. The Hau of Finance: Ethnographic inquiries into impact investing and the moral turn in finance, Online at the University of Bologna, March, 25, 2020.
Department of Sociology Colloquium, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, “Altering the trajectory of finance capitalism? Collaboration, Contestation and Creativity in Islamic Investment Banks,” January 31, 2020.
Illinois State University International Seminar Series, “Altering the trajectory of finance in Islamic investment banks,” March 20, 2019.
7th Annual Sociology of Development Conference, “Contesting finance: Meaning-making and control in Malaysian Islamic investment banks,” University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, October 20, 2018.
Financialization beyond Crisis Conference, “Contesting financialization: Meaning-making and control in Malaysian Islamic investment banks,” Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, September 12, 2018.
International Sociological Association World Congress, “How Financialization is Raced, Gendered and Classed,” International Sociological Association World Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 20, 2018.
Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference, “Theorizing the control of financial expertise: A normative argument in the US based on Islamic finance in Malaysia,” Chicago, IL, August 10, 2018
American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting, Discussant, “Markets, Finance, Credit, and Money,” Montreal, Canada, August 14, 2017.
2016 Harvard University Muslim Alumni Islamic Finance Conference, “Inequality, Risk Sharing and Islamic Finance, Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, October 15, 2016.
28th Annual Meeting of SASE, “Can We Tether Finance to the Productive Economy? Financialization and Experimental Financial Practices in Islamic Finance,” University of California, Berkeley, June 25, 2016.