Shamus Khan (b. 1978) is a professor of sociology at Columbia University, where he is the chair of the department. He writes on culture, inequality, gender, and elites. He is the author of over 80 articles, books, and essays, including Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton), The Practice of Research (Oxford, with Dana Fisher), Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation (Oxford, with Colin Jerolmack), and the forthcoming Exceptional: The Astors, the New York Elite, and the story of American Inequality
(Princeton) and The Sexual Project (W.W. Norton, with Jennifer Hirsch). He is the co- Principal Investigator of SHIFT, a two-year study of sexual health and sexual violence at Columbia University. 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 writes regularly for the popular press such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, Washington Post, and has served as a columnist for Time Magazine. In 2018 he was awarded the Hans L. Zetterberg Prize from the Swedish Academy for the best sociologist under 40.