About

Mikayla Novak is a doctoral student in sociology at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Her research interests are wide-ranging, and include: classical sociology; digital sociology; discourse theory and analysis; economic and fiscal sociology; inequality and social stratification; network theory and analysis; political and policy sociology; social movements; social psychology; and social theory.

The working title of Mikayla’s thesis is “Ideas, Discourses, Actions: Social Network Perspectives on Contentious Online Engagement,” with the central research focus on the impacts of digital technological activity upon social change. In addressing this issue Mikayla will draw upon her core methodological and analytical research orientations, which are emergent, non-essentialist, processual and relational in their character.

Mikayla has extensively written on matters of social thought and policy, invariably attuned to the complex intersections between sociological, economic and political phenomena. In 2018 her first book, Inequality: An Entangled Political Economy Perspective, was published by Palgrave (under the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism series). The book presents an account of inequality using an explicit framework encompassing complex and evolving network interactions between individuals and groups in differential (material and status) positions. Her book has been described as a “lucid book … recognising the deeply entangled character of politics and economics within modern societies,” “a bold new intellectual foundation for social policy analysis,” and a work bringing “careful and clear thinking to a topic too often clouded in emotion and guided by moral intuition.”

Prior to her transition into academic sociology, Mikayla was an economist with a doctorate in economics awarded at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) and a First Class Honours economics degree at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Drawing inspiration from the Austrian, Bloomington, Freiburg and Virginian Schools of political economy, Mikayla had written about aspects of comparative institutional analysis and, recently, on the economics of distributed ledger technologies. Her economic research (including forthcoming papers) appears in outlets such as Research Policy, Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Journal des Economistes et etudes Humaines, and Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

Mikayla has contributed multiple chapters to edited books, written book reviews and has produced policy briefing papers. Mikayla’s working papers on SSRN have been downloaded over 2,800 times (placing her in the top ten per cent of authors), and she has a Google Scholar h-index ranking of seven. She has also contributed prolifically to policy debates, with over two hundred opinion articles on topics such as public finance, government administration, welfare and social policy.

Mikayla actively contributes toward professional editorial activities. She is a contributing editor of Cosmos+Taxis, a leading international journal focussed upon spontaneous and emergent order sciences.

Follow Mikayla on Twitter, at @NovakMikayla, for regular updates and resources. To contact Mikayla directly, please email: mikayla.novak@anu.edu.au or mikaylanovakphd@gmail.com