The main goal of my current research is to understand the varieties, origins, and consequences of different moral worldviews. I want to know where people get their ideas about what a "good life" looks like and what it means to be a "good person" and how these (usually implicit) ideas help shape their strategies of action over time. In recent months, I have also been writing about the promise and pitfalls of panel data for causal inference.
Areas of Interest
Culture and Cognition, Action Theory, Quantitative Methods
Steven Hitlin and Stephen Vaisey.
The New Sociology of Morality.
Annual Review of Sociology
Stephen Vaisey and Margaret Frye.
The Old One-Two: Preserving Analytical Dualism in Psychological Sociology.
Theory and Psychology
What People Want: Rethinking Poverty, Culture, and Educational Attainment.
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Stephen Vaisey and Omar Lizardo.
Can Cultural Worldviews Influence Network Composition?.