Sean Doody

Sean Doody

Sean Doody

Graduate Research Assistant

Political economy, computational and digital sociology, far-right digital cultures, science and technology, critical theory.

Sean Doody is a doctoral student of sociology at George Mason University who studies political economy, science and technology, and the digital cultures of the radical right. He is a recipient of the Provost's Presidential Scholarship, and works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) and the Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

His research has been published in Sociology Compass, presented at scholarly conferences, and featured in an academic encyclopedia detailing the challenges facing the American working class in the twenty-first century.

Current Research

In my dissertation, I am studying how different radical right-wing tendencies utilize the internet, technology, and digital media to disseminate their political messages, with a focus on the contradictory roles that "myth" and "rationality" play in constructing inegalitarian political imaginaries. These tendencies present substantial ethical, social, and political challenges to those committed to egalitarian social futures.

Much of my dissertation research is being accomplished with the Python programming language, social media platform APIs, and Python data science packages (managed with the Anaconda data science platform) to gather and analyze data on how political content of this sort is produced, shared, and disseminated in these digital universes.

Other ongoing projects include studies in value-form theory, class politics, and debates about emancipatory social change, particularly around issues of political mobilization, universal basic income, and the promises and perils of technological remedies to social suffering.

My past work focused on how a renewed idealization of entrepreneurship, spearheaded by the rise of Silicon Valley, has permeated cultural discourses and changed the way we relate to the world of work. This is especially true for nonstandard and contingent workers who, under the influence of a pervasive "culture of entrepreneurship," are compelled to reimagine the risks of their precarity as an empowering and libertine entrepreneurial adventure.

Software and Programming Knowledge:

Python, Anaconda, R, SPSS, Stata, NVivo, MAXQDA, Qualtrics, HTML, CSS

Selected Publications

Doody, Sean, Victor Tan Chen, and Jesse Goldstein. 2016. “Varieties of Entrepreneurial Capitalism: The Culture of Entrepreneurship and Structural Inequalities of Work and Business Creation.” Sociology Compass, 10(10): 858–876. DOI:

Doody, Sean, and Jesse Goldstein. 2017. “The Work-Life Balance.” Pp. 324–327 in The American Middle-Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, edited by Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.

Grants and Fellowships

2018, Presidential Scholar Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University ($7,350.00)

2017, Presidential Scholar Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University ($7,350.00)

2017, Graduate Student Travel Grant, Law & Society Association ($500.00)

2016, Presidential Scholarship, George Mason University

2014, Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University


Ph.D. in Sociology, George Mason University (In progress)

M.S. in Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University (2016)

B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University (2014)

Recent Presentations

Doody, Sean. 2018. "Abolishing Work: Negative Politics and the Value-Form." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Philadelphia, PA, August 10th

Dale, John, and Sean Doody. 2017. “Communitarian Entrepreneurship? Indigenous Governance, Impact Hubs, and Legal Challenges for Social Enterprise Development in Oaxaca, Mexico.” Paper presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society, Law and Society Association. Mexico City, Mexico, June 21st.

Doody, Sean. 2015. “Occupational Alienation: Marx’s Theory of Labor in the 21st Century.” Paper presented at the Annual Politics and Government Student Research Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA, April 10th.

Doody, Sean. 2014. “Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Role of Private Enterprise in the Congolese Humanitarian Crisis.” Paper presented at the Annual Politics and Government Student Research Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA, April 14th.