I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. I am interested in politics, inequality, and the way social position (the amount of various kinds of resources someone has, relative to those around them) shapes how people understand and relate to the social world (especially with regard to politics & inequality).  I have three main areas of research:  

  • Class/inequality/stratification/mobility. The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged (2019), co-authored with Sam Friedman, published with Policy Press in the UK and the University of Chicago Press in the US. Read about the book & buy it if you're in the UK here, see my interview in The Atlantic or read an excerpt in the The Guardian. If you want more details on the quantitative parts of the book, read the American Sociological Review article.
  • The role of campaign professionals and political consultants in shaping American politics the book The Room Where it Happens forthcoming with Beacon Press in 2022.
  • Political participation and engagement (e.g. what "don't know" responses to surveys tell us about class differences in political engagement, here, overview of what we know about class inequalities in voting here, and my new study is tentatively called the Pennsylvania Participation Project.

Before starting at Swarthmore in Fall 2016, I held a post-doc in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics for three years; before that, I got my PhD in Sociology at the
University of California, Berkeley. 

I draw on a wide array of methods, from in-depth interviews to large-scale surveys, from simple and fancy regression models to relational approaches such as multiple correspondence analysis. At Swarthmore I teach the Foundations of Sociology class, Introduction to Research Methods, classes on elections and political participation, and a course I call my Class Class, whatever it might say in the college catalog.  

I tweet at @daniel_laurison and my google scholar page is here and my CV & other contact information are in the side bar menu.