Shamus Khan (b. 1978) teaches in the sociology department at Columbia University, where he was the inaugural scholar in residence at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and where he directs the culture in the social sciences research group. Khan also directs the business and politics research group and an international network of scholars who research elites. Khan is the author of two books: Privilege (Princeton 2011) and The Practice of Research (Oxford 2013). In addition to his academic writings, Khan is a columnist for Time Magazine and writes regularly for other publications like The New York Times.
With a primary focus on inequality, Khan’s first book, Privilege, explored the life of an elite boarding school in New England. Rather than write on the poor, Khan emphasizes the importance of knowing more about the rich when making sense of contemporary inequality. Khan has also written on the development of gender theory and political decision-making.