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.