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Shamus Khan
Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Shamus Khan is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where he is the director of the graduate program. He writes on culture, inequality, and elites. He is the author of, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton), The Practice of Research (Oxford, with Dana Fisher), the forthcoming Exceptional: The Astors, the New York Elite, and the story of American Inequality  (Princeton) and Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation (Oxford). He directs the working group on the political influence of economic elites at the Russell Sage Foundation, is the series editor of “The Middle Range” at Columbia University Press, and the editor of the journal Public Culture. He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and writes regularly for the popular press such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and serving as a columnist for Time Magazine.