Simone Polillo

Associate Professor

Research Interests:

Economic Sociology, Network Theory, Comparative-Historical Sociology, Sociology of Ideas

Simone Polillo is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and obtained an International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic (UK), and a B.A. in Economics and Social Theory from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His interests include economic and political sociology, social theory, world-system theory and comparative historical sociology, and the sociology of the self.

Selected Publications


Conservatives vs. Wildcats: A Sociology of Financial Conflict
Stanford University Press, 2013.

Brad Pasanek and Simone Polillo
Beyond Liquidity
Routledge, 2013.


Polillo, Simone. 2011. “Money, Moral Authority, and the Politics of Creditworthiness.” American Sociological Review 76(3):437 –464.

Polillo, Simone. 2012. “Globalization: Civilizing or Destructive? An Empirical Test of the International Determinants of Generalized Trust.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 53(1):45–65.