David Swartz

David Swartz

David Swartz

Assistant Professor

PhD, Boston University

Sociology 248B | 617.358.0650 | dswartz@bu.edu

Homepage: http://people.bu.edu/dswartz/

Curriculum Vitae


David L. Swartz is Assistant Professor of Sociology and teaches in the Social Sciences Division of the Core Curriculum as well as in the Department of Sociology. He is the author of Culture & Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu (University of Chicago Press 1997) and co-editor (with Vera L. Zolberg) of After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration (Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004). He is a Senior Editor and Book Review Editor for Theory and Society. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University and a maitrise from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. His research interests include the study of elites and stratification, education, culture, religion, and social theory and he is currently writing a book on the political sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.


2013. Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. University of Chicago Press.  (Co-winner of the ASA’s 2014 History of Sociology Section’s Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award)

2009. “Review of Bourdieu on Religion: Imposing Faith and Legitimacy by Terry Rey” Sociology of Religion. 71(1):133-134.

2008. “Bringing Bourdieu’s master concepts into organizational analysis” Theory and Society. 37(1):45-52.

2008. “Social Closure in American Elite Higher Education” Theory and Society. 37(1): 409-419.

2006. “Pierre Bourdieu and North American Political Sociology: Why He Doesn’t Fit In But Should” French Politics 4(1):84-99.

1997. Culture & Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. University of Chicago Press.