Articles and Book Chapters

2019. “Performative State Formation in the Early American RepublicAmerican Sociological Review. 

Forthcoming “Meaning and modularity: The Multivalence of ‘Mechanism’ in Sociological Explanation.” Sociological Theory. (With Carly Knight)

Forthcoming “Rationality/Rationalization,” in The Cambridge Habermas Lexicon, edited by Amy Allen and Eduardo Mendieta. New York: Cambridge University Press. (With Abigail Moore)

2018. “Jefferson’s Two Bodies: Interpretations of a Statue at the University of Virginia,” pp. 64-84 in #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond. New York: Public Seminar Books.

2018. “Agency, Power, Modernity: A Manifesto for Social Theory.European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. (With Michael Weinman)

[Response by Risto Heiskala: 2018. “On agency/power, meanings/materialities, and political conjuncture in the US and Europe: Comments on Reed and Weinman.” European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.]

2018. “Power and the French Revolution: Toward a Sociology of Sovereignty” Historická Sociologie. 10 (1): 45-70.

2017. Claudio Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed, “Introduction: Social Theory Now.” In Benzecry, Krause, and Reed, editors. Social Theory NowUniversity of Chicago Press.

2017. Isaac Ariail Reed, “Chains of Power and Their Representation” Sociological Theory. 35 (2): 87-117.

2016. Isaac Ariail Reed, “Between structural breakdown and crisis action: Interpretation in the Whiskey Rebellion and the Salem Witch Trials.” Critical Historical Studies. 3(1): 27-64. [Penultimate] 

2015. Isaac Ariail Reed, “What is Interpretive Explanation in Sociohistorical Analysis?” In Inheriting Gadamer: New Directions in Philosophical Hermeneutics, edited by Georgia Warnke. Edinburgh University Press.

2015. Natalie B. Aviles and Isaac Ariail Reed, “Ratio via Machina: Three Standards of Mechanistic Explanation in Sociology.” Sociological Methods and Research. Published online before print. [Penultimate]

2015. Isaac Ariail Reed, “Deep culture in action: resignification, synecdoche, and metanarrative in the moral panic of the Salem Witch Trials.” Theory and Society. 44(1): 65-94.

2015. Paul Lichterman and Isaac Ariail Reed “Theory and Contrastive Explanation in EthnographySociological Methods and Research. 44(4): 585-635.

2014. Daniel Hirschman and Isaac Ariail Reed.  “Formation Stories and Causality in SociologySociological Theory. 32(4): 259-282. [Penultimate]

2014. Isaac Ariail Reed and Mayer N. Zald, “The Unsettlement of Communities of Inquiry,” in Theorizing in the Social Sciences, edited by Richard Swedberg. Stanford University Press.

2014. Isaac Ariail Reed, “Power: Relational, Discursive, and Performative DimensionsSociological Theory. 31(3): 193-218. Translated: “Poder: dimensões relacional, discursiva e performática.” Sociedade e Estado (Brasil). 27 (2): 473-510.

2013. Isaac Ariail Reed “Charismatic Performance: A Study of Bacon’s RebellionAmerican Journal of Cultural Sociology. 1 (2): 1-35. 2013.

2012. Isaac Ariail Reed, “Cultural Sociology as a Post-positivist Research Program,” in The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology, edited by Jeffrey Alexander, Philip Smith, and Ron Jacobs. New York: Oxford University Press.

2011. Isaac Ariail Reed and Benjamin Lamb-Books. “Hermeneutics and Sociology: Deepening the Interpretive Perspective,” in New Directions in Sociology: Essays on Theory and Methodology in the 21st Century, edited by Michael DeCesare and Ieva Zake. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers. [Penultimate]

2011. Isaac Ariail Reed and Julia Adams “Culture in the Transitions to Modernity: Seven Pillars of a New Research Agenda.” Theory and Society. 40 (3): 247-272.

2010. Isaac Ariail Reed. “Epistemology Contextualized: Social-Scientific Knowledge in a Postpositivist Era.” Sociological Theory. 28(1): 20-39.

2009. Isaac Ariail Reed and Jeffrey C. Alexander. “Social Science as Reading and Performance: A Cultural-Sociological Understanding of Epistemology.” European Journal of Social Theory. 12(1): 21-41.

2009. Isaac Ariail Reed, “Culture as Object and Approach in Sociology,” in Meaning and Method: The Cultural Approach to Sociology, edited by Isaac Reed and Jeffrey Alexander. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

2008. Isaac Ariail Reed.  “Maximal Interpretation in Clifford Geertz and the Strong Program in Cultural Sociology: Towards a New EpistemologyCultural Sociology. 2(2): 187-200.

Reprinted in Jeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith, and Matthew Norton, editors. Interpreting Clifford Geertz: Cultural Investigations in the Social Sciences. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 2011.

2008. Isaac Ariail Reed. “Justifying Sociological Knowledge: From Realism to Interpretation,” Sociological Theory. 26(2): 101-129.

2007. Isaac Ariail Reed “Why Salem Made Sense: Culture, Gender, and the Puritan Persecution of Witchcraft.” Cultural Sociology. 1(2): 209-234.

Translated: “El sentido de Salem: cultura, genero y la persecucion puritan de la brujeria,” pp. 45-82 in Claudio Benzecry, editor, Hacia una nueva sociologia cultural. Mapas, dramas y practicas. Buenos Aires: Universidad de Qulimes. 2012.

2007. Isaac Ariail Reed. “Cultural Sociology and the Democratic Imperative,” in Culture, Society and Democracy: The Interpretive Approach, edited by Isaac Ariail Reed and Jeffrey Alexander. Boulder: Paradigm Press.

2006. Isaac Ariail Reed. “Social Dramas, Shipwrecks, and Cockfights: Conflict and Complicity in Social Performance,” in Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual, edited by Jeffrey Alexander, Bernhard Giesen, and Jason Mast. New York: Cambridge University Press.