Research Interests: Post-socialist transition; comparative political economy; Russia; China; work and labor markets; economic sociology; social theory.
Patrick Hamm is Lecturer on Sociology for the fall 2012 term. Originally from Germany, he received his Ph.D in May of 2012 from the Harvard Sociology Department.
His primary research interest is the political economy of post-communist capitalism, with a focus on the interplay between structural and political forces in shaping institutional outcomes in Russia and China. His written work thus far has focused on the impact of rapid privatization and foreign investment on growth, state capacity, and mortality using cross-national time-series regression analysis. For his dissertation, Patrick investigated the human-welfare implications of the post-socialist transition through a comparison of the political economy of food production in Russia and China.