CV

My current, up-to-date (July 2016) CV is below. It's not web-optimised and pretty, but it should tell you whatever it is that you'd like to know about me without having to click a link to view a file. If you'd like the PDF version, I'm happy to email it to you.

Academic positions

August 2016 onwards Assistant Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA.

June 2013 – July 2016 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Sociology, London School of Economics

 

Education

2013    Ph.D in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

2007    M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

2000    B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology, Swarthmore College


 

Teaching and Research and Interests

Class/Inequality/Mobility/Stratification       

Political Sociology, Voting, Campaigns & Public Opinion     

Quantitative Methods: Standard (e.g. regression) & Relational (e.g. multiple correspondence analysis)

Theory & Culture

                       

Peer Reviewed journal Publications

2016       “Social Class and Political Engagement in the United States.”  Forthcoming, Sociology Compass.

2016       “The Class Pay Gap in Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations.” Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman.  Forthcoming, American Sociological Review.

2016       “‘Like Skydiving without a Parachute’ How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting.” Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, and Dave O’Brien.  Forthcoming, Sociology.

2016       “Are the Creative Industries Meritocratic? An Analysis of the 2014 British Labour Force Survey.”  Dave O’Brien, Daniel Laurison, Andrew Miles and Sam Friedman. Cultural Trends 25 (2): 116–31

2015       “The Willingness to State an Opinion: Inequality, Don't Know Response, and Political Participation.” Sociological Forum 30 (4): 925-48.

2015       “The Right to Speak: Differences in Political Engagement among the British Elite.” The Sociological Review 63 (2): 349–72.

2015       “Breaking the ‘Class’ Ceiling? Social Mobility into Britain’s Elite Occupations.”  Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, and Andrew Miles. The Sociological Review 63 (2): 259–89.

 

Books, Book Chapters, Invited articles

2015       Social Class in the 21st Century. Mike Savage, Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, Lisa McKenzie, Mark Taylor, Niall Cunningham, Helene Snee, Fiona Devine, Andrew Miles, Paul Wakeling. Penguin Publishing.

2015       “Espace Britannique des Styles de Vie et Classes Sociales.” Mike Savage, Brigitte Le Roux, Johs Hjellbrekke and Daniel Laurison.  Chapter 8 in La Méthodologie de Pierre Bourdieu en Action - Espace Culturel, Espace Social et Analyse des Données, edited by Frederic Lebaron and Brigitte Le Roux, Dunod Publishers.

2015       “On Social Class, Anno 2014.”  Mike Savage, Fiona Devine, Niall Cunningham, Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, Andrew Miles, Helene Snee, and Mark Taylor. Sociology: 49 (6): 1011-30

2014       “The Realignment of U.S. Presidential Voting, 1948-2008.” Michael Hout and Daniel Laurison. In Social Stratification: Class, Race and Gender in Sociological Perspective edited by David Grusky. Boulder CO: Westview Press.

2014       “Positions and Position-Takings Among Political Producers: The Field of American Political Consultants.” In Bourdieu and Data Analysis: Methodological Principles and Practice, edited by Michael Grenfell and Frédéric Lebaron, Peter Lang Publishers.

2013       “The Distribution of Political Opinions in the United States” (translated into French) in Trente ans après La Distinction, edited by Philippe Coulangeon and Julien Duval, Editions La Découverte.

2012       “Political Competence in the United States.” Praktiske Grunde 4: 43-56.

 

Other Writing & communications

Work Under Review

The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged, book proposal under contract with Policy Press for release in March 2018.

“Mind the Gap: Corporate London and the Regional Class Pay Gap.”  Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison, revise & resubmit under review at British Journal of Sociology.

“Is postgraduate study the ‘new frontier of social mobility’?” Paul Wakeling and Daniel Laurison, revise and resubmit at British Journal of Sociology.

 

Work in Progress

The Politics Industry: Why We Get Politics Nobody Likes, book proposal & draft manuscript.

 “The Production of Politics: Uncertainty, Closure, and Conventional Wisdom in American Campaigning.”

 “Who You Know and Who You Are: Social Networks and Class Identity in the UK.”

“Local Context and African-American Voting.” Daniel Laurison, Hana Brown, and William Qiu.

 

Published Working Papers

With Sam Friedman, “Introducing the Class Ceiling: Social Mobility and Britain’s Elite Occupations.”  LSE Sociology working paper series, 2015.

With Jerome Karabel, “An Exceptional Nation? American Political Values in Comparative Perspective.” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2012.

With Jerome Karabel, “Outlier Nation: American Exceptionalism and the Quality of Life in the United States.” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2011.

With Steven Lawry and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, “Liberal Education and Civic Engagement.”  Report created for the Ford Foundation’s Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program, 2006. 

 

Blog Posts

“Whose Democracy?  The Class Divide in Political Participation in the United States” On the Policy Trajectories blog. May, 2016. http://policytrajectories.asa-comparative-historical.org/2016/05/whose-democracy-the-class-divide-in-political-participation-in-the-united-states-1/

“Three Myths and Facts about the Great British Class Survey.” On the Sociological Review Blog,  June 18, 2015. http://www.thesociologicalreview.com/information/blog/three-myths-and-facts-about-the-great-british-class-survey.html.

“’Poshness Tests’ and the Class Ceiling: There is Much More Research to be Done” On the LSE British Politics & Policy blog, with Sam Friedman, June 16, 2015. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/poshness-tests-and-the-class-ceiling/

“The Great British Class Survey now available from the UK Data Service.”  On the UK Data Archive blog, with Mike Savage, April 13, 2015. http://blog.ukdataservice.ac.uk/the-great-british-class-survey-now-available-from-the-uk-data-service/

“Introducing the Class Ceiling.” On the LSE British Politics & Policy blog, with Sam Friedman, March 31, 2015. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/introducing-the-class-ceiling/

Inequality and the Electoral System.” On the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) blog, April 3, 2014. http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2014/04/03/inequality-electoral-system/

 

Teaching

At the London School of Economics

Spring 2016           Convenor, “Culture, Class and Politics” – optional Master’s course.

2015-2016             Co-Convenor, “Researching London” – required 2nd-year undergraduate research methods course, two terms.

2014, 2015            Co-Instructor, Multiple Correspondence Analysis course as part of Summer Methods Program – one-week intensive course.

2014, 2015            Introduction to Survey Analysis – module introducing quantitative methods in required undergraduate methods course. 

At UC Berkeley

Spring 2013           Transitioning to Cal: Introduction to the Research University (2 sections)

Summer 2011        Social Inequality (50 students)           

Spring 2010           Sociology of the 2008 Presidential Elections (Senior Seminar, 18 students)  

Summer 2009        Political Sociology (45 students)        

Research Mentor

2014 – present       Dissertation Advisor, Sociology MSc students, London School of Economics

2009 – 2012          Supervisor, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, UC Berkeley

Teaching Honors

2010-2011             Herbert Blumer Teaching Fellowship, Sociology, UC Berkeley                     

2010                      Selected to teach capstone course for senior Berkeley Sociology majors       

Graduate Student Instructor (Teaching Assistant)

      Fall 2011               Sociological Pedagogy (GSI/TA Training Course)                             

      Spring 2009           Sociological Methods                                                             

      Spring 2007           Contemporary Sociological Theory                                                                

      Fall 2006               Classical Sociological Theory                                                                         

      Spring 2006           Social Stratification                                                                                        

      Fall 2005               Introduction to Sociology       

 

Fellowships and Grants

Fall 2012                     Leo Lowenthal Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley  

Summer 2012              Political Networks Conference Fellowship, National Science Foundation    

2011 – 2012                Departmental Research Grant, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley        

2011 – 2012                Leo Lowenthal Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley              

2010 – 2012                Nelson Polsby Memorial Fellowship, Graduate Division, UC Berkeley         

2010 – 2011                Blumer Teaching Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley                      

2010 – 2011                National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant                    

2009 – 2010                Mike Synar Fellowship, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

2009 – 2010                Center for Race and Gender Graduate Research Grant, UC Berkeley            

2008 – 2009                Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, UC Berkeley                                         

Summer 2007              Summer Research Grant, Sociology Department, UC Berkeley         

1996 – 2000                Eugene Lang Social Change Scholar, Swarthmore College                                                                                                                             

invited talks

2016       “The Class Ceiling in Britain’s Elite Occupations” (with Sam Friedman)

Department of Sociology, Oxford University

Department of Social Science, University of London

Sciences Po, Paris

Bridge Group, London

2015       “The Class Ceiling in Britain’s Elite Occupations” (with Sam Friedman):

Department of Social Policy & Intervention, Oxford University.

UK Government’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

2014       “Who You Know, What You Have, and Who You Are: Social Networks and Class Identity in the United Kingdom” 

               Royal Statistical Society, London.

Department of Quantitative Social Science at the Institute of Education, University of London.

              

Departmental talks and Conference Presentations

2016       “Classes, Capitals, and Closure: How Parents' Occupation affects Children's Class Destination”

                        Rising Inequalities and the Return of the Elites, Uppsala Sweden

                        The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Bristol, UK

2016       “Mind the Gap: London and the Inter-Regional Class Pay Gap in Britain”

British Sociological Association, Birmingham

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management International Conference, London

2015       “Why African-Americans Vote More: Local Context and Political Participation” (with Hana Brown and William Qiu) American Sociological Association, Chicago.

2015       “Locating the ‘Class’ Ceiling: Metropolitan Space and Social Mobility within Britain’s Elite Occupations” (with Sam Friedman), Rethinking Social Mobility, Manchester.

2015       “The Class Ceiling in Britain’s Elite Occupations” (with Sam Friedman):

Social Stratification Research Seminar, Milan.

American Sociological Association, Chicago.

Seminar at Center for Analysis of Social Exclusion Seminar, LSE.

Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Sociology Department research seminar, LSE.

2015       “Campaign Professionals, Democracy, and Inequality” British Sociological Association, Glasgow.

2015       “Networks of Campaign Professionals” British Sociological Association, Glasgow.

2015      “Social Capital in the GBCS” Pecha Kucha Presentation, British Sociological Association, Glasgow.

2014       “Who You Know, What You Have, and Who You Are: Social Networks and Class Identity in the United Kingdom” 

               Social Stratification Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh.

               CRESC conference, Manchester

               International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

2014       “Political Engagement among the Elite in the United Kingdom.” Elite Power Now seminar, Goldsmiths, London.

2014       “Inequality, Social Networks and Class Identity in the United Kingdom.” British Academy Seminar on Inequality, LSE.

2014       “Politics and the Precariat” LSE Inequality Group Precariat Seminar.

2014       “Packaging Democracy: How Campaign Professionals Contribute to Political Inequality.” LSE Sociology Inequalities Group.

2013       “Producing Politics: Why ‘Politicos’ Create Campaigns No One Likes.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York.

2013       “The Field of American Political Consultants: How the Striving and the Successful View Politics Differently.”  American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, NY.

2013       With Jerome Karabel: “Health and Happiness in Wealthy Democracies: A Comparative Analysis.” Seminar, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Seminar Series, UC Berkeley.

2012       “Pierre Bourdieu and Electoral Politics.”  American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO.

2012       “Stratification in an Emerging Elite Profession.” International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) Conference, Charlottesville VA.

2012       “Networks of Strategic Campaign Professionals.” Political Networks Conference, Boulder CO.

2012       With Jerome Karabel: “An Exceptional Nation? American Political Values in Comparative Perspective.” Seminar, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Seminar Series, UC Berkeley.

2012       “Constructing the Popular: Political Messaging and Strategic Campaign Professionals’ Views of Voters.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology Conference, Berkeley CA.

2011       “Social Space and the Distribution of Political Opinions.”  American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas NV.

2011       “Stratification in an Emerging Elite Profession: Inequality and the Careers of National-Level Strategic Campaign Professionals.”  Poster, International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) Conference, Iowa City IA.

2011       “Positioning Political Producers: The Field of American Campaign Professionals.” Bourdieu and Geometric Data Analysis mini-conference, International Classification Society Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland.

2011       With Jerome Karabel: “Outlier Nation? American Exceptionalism and the Quality of Life in the United States” Seminar, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Seminar Series, UC Berkeley.

2011       “Who Produces our Politics? Principles of Stratification in the World of Elite Political Operatives.” Seminar, Center for Race and Gender forum series, UC Berkeley.

2010       “The Production of Opinion in the United States.” Thirty Years after Distinction conference, Paris.

2008       “Refusing to Engage: Political Competence and the ‘Don’t Know’ Response on Surveys.”  Putting Pierre Bourdieu to Work IV conference at the University of Manchester, U.K.

 

Professional Activities/Service

Reviewer, American Sociological Review, The Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Acta Sociologica, The Sociological Quarterly, Poetics, Cultural Trends, Social Currents, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, Contemporary Social Science

Coordinator, Inequality, Culture and Expertise group, LSE, 2015-2016

Session Organizer, Voting & Electoral Processes, ASA Annual Meeting, August 2015

Organizer, (successful!) drive to nominate Ta-Nehisi Coates for the ASA Excellence in Reporting of Social Issues Award.

Organizer, Forum on Bourdieu’s On the State, London School of Economics, March 2015

Organizer & Co-Teacher, Geometric Data Analysis Training Course, UC Berkeley, Fall 2012

Graduate Student Coordinator, Sociology Job Market Practice Talks, UC Berkeley, 2010 – 2011

Founder and Coordinator, Sociology Graduate Student Workshop Series, UC Berkeley, 2007 – 2009

Member of:  British Sociological Association, American Sociological Association, American Political Science Association, Research Committee on Social Stratification and Social Mobility of the International Sociological Association (RC28)

 

Media coverage

Hellen, Nicholas. 2015. “It Pays Big to Be Posh at Work.” The Sunday Times, November 8. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Society/article1630045.ece?shareToken=ab3f9c15be1409b760b651e92d6e281f.

 

Robinson, Julian. 2015. “Workers from Privileged Backgrounds Earn up to £18k More than Others.” Daily Mail Online, November 8. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3309199/The-class-ceiling-Workers-privileged-backgrounds-earn-18-000-humbler-starts-life.html.

 

Bozhkova, Elena. 2016. “‘Glass Floor’ Persists in UK Research.” Nature, July. http://www.nature.com/news/glass-floor-persists-in-uk-research-1.20197

 

Podcasts & Videos

The Ballpark, Episode 5. London School of Economics U.S. Centre’s podcasts. http://www.lse.ac.uk/UnitedStates/The-Ballpark/The-Ballpark.aspx.

 

Other/Previous Employment

Jerome Karabel, Sociology, UC Berkeley                                                                    2009 – 2013

Graduate Researcher, American Exceptionalism and the Quality of Life in the United States

John Levi Martin, Sociology, UC Berkeley (briefly!)                                                    Spring 2008

Graduate Researcher, project on the biographies and career trajectories of members of the Revolutionary-era Pennsylvania Legislature

Ford Foundation’s Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program                                          2006

Research assistant for project on civic engagement on college campuses

Women’s Anti-Violence Education, Philadelphia                                                       2000 – 2004

Executive Director (2003 – 2004)/Program Director (2000 – 2003).