Academic Work

My CV: [Khan CV] 


Privilege, Princeton University Press, 2011

The Practice of ResearchOxford University Press, Ed. with Dana R. Fisher,  2014.

Approaches to Ethnography, Oxford University Press, Ed. with Colin Jerolmack, 2017.

Sexual Citizens, W.W. Norton, with Jennifer S. Hirsch, 2020.

Selected Journal Articles:

Shamus Khan, forthcoming, “Subpoenas and the Protection of Ethnographic Data,” Sociological Forum.

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

2018, Hirsch et al. Forthcoming, “Social Dimensions of Sexual Consent Among College Students: Insights from ethnographic research,” Journal of Adolescent Health

2018, Wamboldt, Shamus Khan, Claude Mellins, and Jennifer Hirsch, “Friends, Strangers, and Bystanders: Informal Practices of Sexual Assault Intervention,” Global Public Health, 5(8): 1-12.

2018, Shamus Khan, Alex Wamboldt, Leigh Reardon, Claude Mellins, Jennifer Hirsch, “I didn’t want to be ‘that girl’”: the Social Risks of labeling, telling, and reporting sexual assault,” Sociological Science 

2018, Bruno Cousin, Shamus Khan, Ashley Mears, Theoretical and Methodological Pathways for Research on Elites,” Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 16, No 2: 225-249.

2018, Jennifer Hirsch, Shamus Khan, Leigh Reardon, and Claude Ann Mellins, “Transforming the campus climate: Research on the social and cultural roots of sexual assault on a college campus,” Voices: Journal of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, 13(1): 23-54.

2018, Fabien Accominotti, Shamus Khan, and Adam Storer, How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic,” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 123, No. 6: 1743-83.

2017, Mellins et al., “Sexual Assault Incidents among college undergraduates: Prevalence and factors associated with risk,” PLOS ONE

2017, Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan, “The Analytic Lenses of Ethnography,” Socius

2017, Max Besbris and Shamus Khan, 2017, “Less Theory More Description,” Sociological Theory, Vol. 35(2): 147-153.

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

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

2016, Shamus Khan, “The Education of Elites in the United States, 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 Ethnicity 2,” 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 Longer Form Essays:

2017, “Unholy Alliances,” Public Books

2017, “Our Broken Windows Approach to Sexual Misconduct,” Public Books

2015, “Diversity Doublespeak,” Public Books

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

2013, “Democracy in France,” Public Books

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


Selected Book Chapters & Interviews:

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.

2018, “Talking Pigs? Lessons from Elite Schooling,” Education in a New Society, Ed. Jal Mehta and Scott Davies, University of Chicago Press.

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:\

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.

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