Below I put the key parts of the CV – positions & education, and publications & media coverage, in date order.

You can also find all my publications on my google scholar page or my Zotero publications page. If there’s an article of mine you’d like to read but don’t have institutional access to please let me know and it’s very likely I can send you a PDF. (For books, I’d appreciate if you buy one if you can afford it, and/or ask your library to get a copy, but then also let me know if you need a copy and I may have one for you.)



Academic positions

Fall 2023 – present: Director of the Healthy, Equitable and Responsive Democracy Research Initiative (HEARD).

February 2022 – present: Associate Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA;

January 2022 – present: Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology

August 2016 – February 2022: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA

August 2022 – December 2023: Editor in Chief, British Journal of Sociology

January 2017 – July 2022: Associate Editor, British Journal of Sociology

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




2022        Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us. Beacon Press.

Coverage in, Washington Examiner, Culture Study Newsletter, Majority Report (partial list).

2019        The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged. Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison. UK: Policy Press; US: University of Chicago.  

Reviewed in The American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, The London Review of Books, Sociology, Journal of Social Policy (partial list).

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.


Peer Reviewed journal Publications

2024        “The Class Ceiling in the United States: Class-Origin Pay Penalties in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations.” Laurison, Daniel and Sam Friedman. Social Forces soae025. doi: 10.1093/sf/soae025.


2023        “Income Inequality in U.S. Voting: A Visualization.” Laurison, Daniel, and Ankit Rastogi. Socius 9 (January 1, 2023): 23780231231154358.

2021        “Voting Intersections: Race, Class, Gender, and Participation in Presidential Elections in the United States, 2008-2016.” Laurison, Daniel, Hana Brown and Ankit Rastogi. Sociological Perspectives. 65(4): 768:89

2020        “Class Mobility and Reproduction for Black and White Adults in the United States: A Visualization.” Laurison, Daniel, Dawn Dow, and Carolyn Chernoff. Socius 6 (January 1, 2020).

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 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.

2015        “The Willingness to State an Opinion: Inequality, Don’t Know Response, and Political Participation.” Sociological Forum 30 (4): 925-48.



Book chapters, book reviews, invited articles

2020        “Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing in American Politics.” Social Forces 99, no. 2 (November 5, 2020): e1–4. (Book Review)

2020        “Social Progress in Britain.” Contemporary Sociology 49, no. 2 (March 1, 2020): 173–75. (Book Review)

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

2017        “The Anatomy of the British Economic ‘Elite.’” Savage, Mike, Katharina Hecht, 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        “Espace Britannique des Styles de Vie et Classes Sociales.” Savage, Mike, 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


Work in Progress

Class, Race, Place and Politics in the United States. Under contract with Polity Press for delivery June 2024.

Public Writing

Daniel Laurison, opinion contributor. 2022. “Behind the Scenes, Democrats’ Campaigns Don’t Look like Their Voters.” The Hill. September 8, 2022.

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. 2019. “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.



Media coverage/Public Sociology

Media Coverage, Reviews and Podcasts for Producing Politics

Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal article

The Tavis Smiley Podcast on KBLA

Washington Examiner opinion piece

Business of Politics podcast

Political Junkie Podcast (inaugural episode)

Micah Sifry Substack – (also here – and here

New Books Network 

Majority Report interview

Amadee Braxton on Wurd Radio

Literary Hub excerpt:

Anne Helen Peterson’s Culture Study Substack

Conversation with Mark Preston on SiriusXM Potus Politics channel

Page 99 test –

eight by seven substack (Tim Burke) –

Great Battlefield Podcast –


Media Coverage & excerpts of book The Class Ceiling (partial list)

Friedman, Sam, and Daniel Laurison. “The Class Pay Gap: Why It Pays to Be Privileged.” The Guardian, February 7, 2019, sec. Society.

Pinsker, Joe. “The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich to Excel in Elite Jobs.” The Atlantic, February 26, 2019.

Foges, Clare. “Better to Smash the Class Ceiling than Rage at It.” The Times. January 28, 2019.


Other Media Appearances

Monacelli, Steven. 2024. “Partisans Are Politicizing Our Schools.” The Texas Observer, January 16.

Caron, Christina. 2018. “Are You Middle Class? This Calculator Claims to Tell You.” The New York Times, September 13, 2018, sec. Business Day. I’m quoted in the second half of the article.

Commonspace, WHYY/NPR. June 21, 2018. Breaking the Class Ceiling. . (also covered here: Interview with me.

Commonspace, WHYY/NPR.. June 18, 2018. Looking Class. Episode 16. I’m the “expert” discussing class in between stories and poetry about class.

The Ballpark, Episode 15. June 2016. London School of Economics U.S. Centre’s podcasts. I’m interviewed about political participation.

Media coverage of Class Ceiling work, first round

Hellen, Nicholas. 2015. “It Pays Big to Be Posh at Work.” The Sunday Times, November 8.

Robinson, Julian. 2015. “Workers from Privileged Backgrounds Earn up to £18k More than Others.” Daily Mail Online, November 8.

Bozhkova, Elena. 2016. “‘Glass Floor’ Persists in UK Research.” Nature, July.