Most of my mostly up-to-date (May 2020) 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.

January 2017 onwards, Associate Editor, British Journal of Sociology, London School of Economics

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



2013    PhD in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

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

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


Peer Reviewed journal Publications

2017       “Mind the Gap: Financial London and the Regional Class Pay Gap.” Friedman, Sam, and Daniel Laurison. The British Journal of Sociology 68, no. 3 (September 1, 2017): 474–511.

2017       “Cultural Capital: Arts Graduates, Spatial Inequality, and London’s Impact on Cultural Labour Markets.” Kate Oakley, Daniel Laurison, Dave O’Brien, and Sam Friedman American Behavioral Scientist, June 2, 2017.

2017       “Are Postgraduate Qualifications the ‘New Frontier of Social Mobility’?” Paul Wakeling and Daniel Laurison. The British Journal of Sociology 68, no. 3 (September 1, 2017): 533–55.

2016       “The Class Pay Gap in Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations.” Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman.  American Sociological Review 81, no. 4: 668–95.

2016       “Social Class and Political Engagement in the United States.” Sociology Compass 10, no. 8: 684–97.

2016       “‘Like Skydiving without a Parachute’ How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting.” Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, and Dave O’Brien. Sociology, February 28, 2016.

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

               2022       The Room Where it Happens: How the Politics Industry Shapes American Democracy. Under contract with Beacon Press.

2019       The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged. Friedman, Sam and Daniel Laurison. UK: Policy Press; US: University of Chicago. (Will be published in January 2019.)

2019       “On Culture and Inequality: Distinction, Omnivorousness, Status and Class.” British Journal of Sociology 70: 780-783. (Introduction to a special section of the journal that I edited.)

2017       “The Anatomy of the British Economic ‘Elite.’” Savage, Mike, Hecht, Katharina, Johs Hjellbrekke, Niall Cunningham, and Daniel Laurison. In New Directions in Elite Studies, edited by Olav Korsnes, Johan Heilbron, Johs Hjellbrekke, Felix Bühlmann, and Mike Savage. Routledge.

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 in Progress

The Room Where It Happens: How Political Professionals Understand American Campaigns book proposal & draft manuscript.

“Neither Mercenaries nor Masterminds: Campaign Staff and Consultants in American National Elections” Working Paper posted at

“Local Context and African-American Voting” with Hana Brown.


Published Working Papers & Reports

With Sam Friedman and Lindsey Macmillan, “Social mobility, the class pay gap and intergenerational worklessness: new insights from the Labour Force Survey”, Social Mobility Commission, 2017. 

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. 


Invited Blog Posts

Laurison, Daniel. 2018. “On Fights on Scholar-Activism.” Scatterplot (blog), August 24, 2019.

Laurison, Daniel. 2018. “Class and Participation in Movement and Electoral Politics.” On the Mobilizing Ideas blog. May 3, 2018.

With Sam Friedman, “The class origin pay gap: Seeing a class ceiling” On the ASA’s Work in Progress blog. September 30th, 2017.

With Dan Hirschman, “Making Voter Pie” On Scatterplot blog. February 21st, 2017.

“Whose Democracy?  The Class Divide in Political Participation in the United States” On the Policy Trajectories blog. May, 2016.

“Three Myths and Facts about the Great British Class Survey.” On the Sociological Review Blog,  June 18, 2015.

“’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.

“The Great British Class Survey now available from the UK Data Service.”  On the UK Data Archive blog, with Mike Savage, April 13, 2015.

“Introducing the Class Ceiling.” On the LSE British Politics & Policy blog, with Sam Friedman, March 31, 2015.

Inequality and the Electoral System.” On the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) blog, April 3, 2014.


Courses taught

Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College

First-Year Seminar: The Working Class and the Politics of Whiteness (Fall 2019)

Introduction to Research Methods (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019)

First-Year Seminar: The Presidential Election (Fall 2016)

Class Matters: Privilege, Poverty and Power (Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019)

Honors Seminar: Distinction (Fall 2017, Fall 2019)

Foundations of Sociology (Spring 2018, Fall 2018)

American Democracy: Political Participation in the 2018 Midterm Elections (Fall 2018)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow,  London School of Economics

Culture, Class and Politics MA-level course.

Researching London 2nd-year undergraduate research methods course

Multiple Correspondence Analysis one-week intensive course for post-grads & researchers.

Instructor, UC Berkeley

Social Inequality   

Sociology of the 2008 Presidential Elections        

Political Sociology


Honors, Fellowships and Grants

2019                            Social Science Research Council Anxieties of Democracy program Identity, Community and Participation Research Grant, $9095.

2017                            Best Article Award, American Sociological Association’s Section on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility

2017                            Swarthmore College Lang Center Engaged Research Faculty Grant

2017                            Swarthmore College Digital Humanities Course Development Grant

2012                            Leo Lowenthal Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley  

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                                         

2007                            Summer Research Grant, Sociology Department, UC Berkeley          

1996 – 2000                 Eugene Lang Social Change Scholar, Swarthmore College                                                                                                                              

invited talks

2020       “The Class Ceiling – Why it Pays to Be Privileged

                        Keynote, Unintended Consequences Conference, Warsaw Poland (given remotely)


2019       “The Class Ceiling – Why it Pays to Be Privileged”

                        Sociology Department, Brown University

                        Sociology Department, University of Maryland

                        Sociology Department, Brandeis University

                        Book Launch, LSE Public Lectures, London

                        Book Launch, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore

                        Causality Event, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University


2018       “Whose Democracy? Inequalities in Political Participation”

Swarthmore Discussion Group


2018       “The Class Ceiling – Why it Pays to Be Privileged”

                        Sociology Department, Cornell University (with Sam Friedman)

Sociology Department, NYU (with Sam Friedman)

Sociology Department, Columbia University (with Sam Friedman)

                        Sociology Department, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China                      

University of Pennsylvania Education & Inequality Mini-Conference


2018       “Neither Geniuses nor Gurus – Campaign Professionals in American National Elections”

                        UNC Chapel Hill Culture & Politics Workshop


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.