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Shamus Khan

Governing Board Member, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2016–2019)

Professor, Sociology and American Studies, Princeton University

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Shamus Khan received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2008. 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 1870's - present. In addition to his primary focus, he also writes in the areas of gender theory, deliberative politics, and research methodology. He recently served as an opinion columnist for Time Magazine and continue to write about sociology in the popular press. For more information, including links to his written work, see: