Patrick Bergemann studies the ways in which institutions interact with informal networks to influence behavior in unexpected ways. In particular, he is interested in the incidence of wrongdoing within organizations and polities, and what leads individuals to report such behavior to the authorities. He is currently finishing a book on this topic, Judge Thy Neighbor: Denunciations in the Spanish Inquisition, Romanov Russia, and Nazi Germany, to be published by Columbia University Press. His research is broadly relevant to the areas of social network analysis, economic sociology, and political sociology, and has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review.
Prior to joining the University, Bergemann was a postdoctoral research scholar in management at Columbia Business School. He received his BA in economics from the University of Chicago and his PhD in sociology from Stanford University. Previously, he was a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.