Martha Poon is completing doctoral work at UCSD. Her NSF supported research traces the history of commercial credit scoring technology in the US, and the effects of statistical risk management tools on the consumer credit and mortgage industries. She has recently been a visiting student at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (Paris School of Mines) and is currently a visiting scholar at the Centre on Organizational Innovation (Columbia University).
Her most recent work traces the calculative origins of the subprime mortgage finance in the U.S. The paper, entitled “From New Deal Institutions to Capital Markets”, which was awarded the 2008 Hacker-Mullins Prize from the Science Knowledge and Technology section of the American Sociological Association, is forthcoming in the journal Accounting, Organizations and Society. An article reporting on the earlier findings of her work can be found in the edited volume Market Devices (Blackwell, 2007).