David Swartz

Visiting Researcher

Retired from full-time teaching, David L. Swartz is currently Visiting Researcher in the Department of Sociology and occasional lecturer in the Core Curriculum at Boston University. He is a Senior Editor and Book Review Editor for Theory and Society. He was among the founders and previous co-chair of the Political Sociology Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research. He was also Chair of the History of Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University and a licence and maitrise in sociology from the University of Paris V-René Descartes and a BA from Goshen College. His most recent book, Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu (University of Chicago Press, 2013) was co-winner of the American Sociological Association History of Sociology Section Best Book Award in 2014. Two earlier books on the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, Culture and Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu (University of Chicago, 1997) and After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration (co-edited with Vera L. Zolberg) (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004) are widely cited in the social sciences. His general research interests include political sociology, elites and stratification, education, culture, religion, and social theory. He has published numerous scholarly papers on these topics. He is currently researching divisions in American conservatism with particular focus on the attitudes of conservative professors toward the Trump presidency.