Daniel Krier

Daniel Krier

  • Professor, Iowa State University
Dan Krier (PhD University of Kansas) specializes in social theory and political economy. Dan writes in the traditions of critical and continental social theory with an emphasis upon Weber’s historical/comparative methodology.

Dan investigated speculative financial markets and their impact upon the productive economy in his 2005 book, Speculative Management: Stock Market Power and Corporate Change (SUNY), and in a number of articles, including “Speculative Finance Capital, Corporate Earnings and Profit Fetishism” (2009), “Finance Capital, Neo-Liberalism and Critical Institutionalism” (2009), and “Critical Institutionalism and Financial Globalization: A Comparative Analysis of American and Continental Finance” (2008).

Dan investigated spectator events as an engine of economic development in a 2016 book, NASCAR, Sturgis and the New Economy of Spectacle (Brill), and in a series of articles and book chapters, all coauthored with William J. Swart, including: “The Dialectics of Carnival: From Bakhtin to Baudrillard” (2012), “Trophies of Surplus Enjoyment” (2014), “The Commodification of Spectacle: Spectators, Sponsors and the Outlaw Biker Diegesis at Sturgis” (2014), How Legends Become Brands: Economies of Spectacle in the Second Enclosure Movement” (2015) and “Dark Spectacle: The Commodification of Authoritarianism in American Motorsports” (2016).

Dan co-organized and hosted the 2016 International Social Theory Consortium at ISU, and organizes an ongoing series of symposia on New Directions in Critical Theory that bring sociologists, philosophers, cultural theorists and political scientists to Iowa State University for intense, focused exchange of ideas. With Mark P. Worrell, he has co-edited books on critical theories of capitalism, including: Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique (2016: Brill); The Social Ontology of Capitalism (2017: Palgrave MacMillan); and Capital in the Mirror: Critical Social Theory and the Aesthetic Dimension (under contract, SUNY). He continues to publish studies of critical social theory and political economy, alone and with co-authors, and is currently developing an integrated theory of economic theology that grafts Agamben’s recent writings to Weber’s classical foundation, e.g. “Debt, Value and Economic Theology” (2017).

Dan has received numerous teaching awards, including the Early Achievement in Teaching Award (2006) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology’s Bogardus Award (2006), the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Introductory Teaching Award (2015) and was named the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Shakeshaft Master Teacher in Humanities and Social Sciences (2015).Dan carries a heavy teaching load in his department that includes large auditorium introductory courses, distance learning courses that generate department revenue, and required theory courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. During his time at ISU, Dan has received course improvement grants from LAS-CAC and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Dan serves on the advisory board of ISU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, ISU’s faculty senate, the LAS representative assembly and chairs Sociology’s undergraduate curriculum committee.


Contact Info

4 East Hall


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas

Select Publications

Krier, Daniel and Mark P. Worrell (editors). 2017. The Social Ontology of Capitalism. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Krier, Dan and William J. Swart. 2017. NASCAR, Sturgis and the Economy of Spectacle. Leiden: Brill Academic Press.

Krier, Daniel and Mark P Worrell (editors). 2016. Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique. Leiden: Brill Academic Press.

Krier, Dan. 2005. Speculative Management: Stock Market Power and Corporate Change. State University of New York Press: New York.