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Shamus Khan (Columbia University), visiting scholar in 2016


Shamus Khan teaches in the sociology department at Columbia University. His work is primarily within the areas of cultural sociology and stratification, with a strong focus on elites. He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton 2011) ; The Practice of Research (Oxford 2013, with Dana Fisher), and is completing Exceptional: The Astors, Elite New York, and the Story of American Inequality (Princeton, forthcoming). With Dorian Warren, he is the director of a Russell Sage Foundation working group on “The Political Influence of Economic Elites”. He also serves as the principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic archives to uncover the character of their subscribers from the 1870s-present.  He also writes in the areas of gender theory, deliberative politics, and research methodology.