Academic Work

For my CV: [Khan CV PDF] 



The Practice of Research: Introduction. Chapter 4, Edited with Dana R. Fisher, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation, Oxford University Press, Edited with Colin Jerolmack, coming Fall 2017.


Selected Journal Articles:

Forthcoming, “How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic,” American Journal of Sociology

Forthcoming, Shamus Khan, Jennifer Hirsch, and Claude Mellins, “Sexual Violence,” Annual Review of Criminology

Forthcoming, “New Directions in the Sociology of Elites,” Socio-Economic Review (with Bruno Cousin and Ashley Mears)

Forthcoming, Max Besbris and Shamus Khan, “Less Theory. More Description,” Sociological Theory

2017,  Sall, Dialika, and Shamus Khan. “What elite theory should have learned, and can still learn, from WEB DuBois.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 40.3: 512-514.

2016, Shamus Khan, “The Many Futures of Élites Research.” Sociologica – Italian Journal of Sociology, 2, doi: 10.2383/85294 .

2016, Shamus Khan, “The Education of Elites in the United States,” Année Sociologique, Vol 66, No 1: 171-192.

2015Shamus Khan, “Beyond Action,” Ethnography 

2015, Shamus Khan, “The Counter-Cyclical Character of the Elite,” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 38

2014, Jennifer Elrick, Erik Schneiderhan, Shamus Khan, “Talking Like a Generation: The ‘Documentary’ Meaning of Ethnicity for Aging Minority Britons,” Sociology.

2014Erik Schneiderhan, Shamus Khan, and Jennifer Elrick, “Deliberation and Ethnic Context,” Sociological Forum, Volume 29, Issue 4: 791-807.

2014, Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan, “Talk is Cheap: Ethnography and the Attitudinal Fallacy,” Sociological Methods and Research

2014, Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan, “Toward an Understanding of the Relationship Between Accounts and Action” Sociological Methods and Research

2013, Shamus Khan and Colin Jerolmack, “Saying Meritocracy and Doing Privilege,” The Sociological Quarterly, 54:8-18

2012, Shamus Khan, “The Sociology of Elites,” Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 38: 361-377

2012, Shamus Khan, Elite Identities,” Identities. Volume 19(4): 477-484

2008, Erik Schneiderhan and Shamus Khan, “Reasons and Inclusion: The Foundation of Deliberation,” Sociological Theory 26:1–24.


Selected Review Essays:

2017, Shamus Khan, “The New College Feminism,” Public Books

2014, Shamus Khan, “’Humans Cannot Communicate’: Unraveling the Mental Knots of Niklas Luhmann,” Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 43(1): 49-55.

2013, Shamus Khan, “Democracy in France,” Public Books

2013, Shamus Khan, “On Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats” Public Books


Selected Book Chapters & Interviews:

Forthcoming, “Interview with Saskia Sassen,” Public Culture, 29.2

Forthcoming, Erik Schneiderhan and Shamus Khan, “Deliberation in Sociology,” Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, ed. Andre Bachtiger, John Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, and Mark Warren, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming, Shamus Khan, “Transformations in American Elite Education,” Elites, Privilege, and Excellence: the national and global redefinition of educational advantage,” Ed. Stephen Ball, Brigitte Darchy-Koechlin, and Agnes van Zanten, London: Routledge.

Forthcoming, Shamus Khan, “The future of Elite Education,” Education in Modern Life, Ed. Jal Mehta and Scott Davies

2012, Shamus Khan, “Herbert J. Gans: An interview” Identities. Vol. 19(2): 135-148.

2010, Shamus Khan, “Getting In: Private Schools Play the College Admissions Game,” pp. 97-112 in Educating Elites, ed. Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández and Adam Howard, New York: Rowman and Littlefield

2006, Myra Marx Ferree, Shamus Khan, and Shauna Morimoto, “Assessing the Feminist Revolution: The Presence or Absence of Gender in Theory and Practice,” pp. 438-480 in Sociology in America: The American Sociological Association Centennial History, Craig Calhoun, ed., University of Chicago Press, 2006.


Selected Book Reviews:

Forthcoming, Shamus Khan, Review of, Pedigree, by Lauren Rivera, American Journal of Sociology

2013, Shamus Khan, Review of Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood by Christian Smith, Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, & Patricia Snell Herzog, Contemporary Sociology, 42(4): 615-17.

2010, Shamus Khan, Review of The Sociology of Elite Distinction: From Theoretical to Comparative Perspectives by Jean-Pascal Daloz, forContemporary Sociology, 40(3): 298-9.

2010, Shamus Khan, Review of No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life by Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford, Contemporary Sociology 40(5): 580-2.