Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor

Room: POR/18.B-2.132
E-mail: ds.mpp@cbs.dk

I am a sociocultural, ethnographic anthropologist, and hold a Ph.D. in applied anthropology from Columbia University in New York City. I study politics, economics, and value in the United States, and have done extensive field work on Catholic hermit monks, private equity and venture capital investors, employee-owned companies (ESOPs, specifically), automated and algorithmic trading on financial markets, and the Massachusetts State Legislature. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how wealth, work, and worry are generated, controlled, distributed, horded, allocated, and/or destroyed, all in the context of financial capitalism. In the future, I’m looking forward to spending more time studying democracies, how political systems change, and imagining ways to build a better world.

Primary research areas
  • Cultures of Finance and Financialization
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Applied Anthropology and Research Methods
  • Economic and Political Anthropology
  • The Creation and Destruction of Social Inequality


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Selected publications

Daniel Souleles / Songs of Profit, Songs of Loss : Private Equity, Wealth, and Inequality. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press 2019, 264 p. (Anthropology of Contemporary North America)

Daniel Souleles / Don't Mix Paxil, Viagra, and Xanax : What Financiers' Jokes Say about Inequality. In: Economic Anthropology, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2017, p. 107–119

Daniel Souleles / Another Workplace Is Possible : Learning to Own and Changing Subjectivities in American Employee Owned CompIn: Critique of Anthropology, 3.4.2019

Daniel Souleles / The Distribution of Ignorance on Financial Markets In: Economy and Society, 3.12.2019

Daniel Souleles / How to Study People Who Do Not Want to be Studied : Practical Reflections on Studying Up. In: PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Vol. 41, No. S1, 9.2018, p. 51-68


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Daniel Souleles / Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wives, Hide Your Beds : Marriage, Law, and Changing Social Norms in the United States.
In: PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, 5.2021, p. 286-294
Review > peer review
Daniel Souleles / How to Think About People Who Don't Want to be Studied : Further Reflections on Studying Up .
In: Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 41, No. 3, 9.2021, p. 206-226
Journal article > peer review
Matthew Archer; Daniel Souleles / Introduction : Ethnographies of Power and the Powerful.
In: Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 41, No. 3, 9.2021, p. 195-205
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Scott Souleles / Private Equity
In: The Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies. ed. /Christian Borch; Robert Wosnitzer. New York : Routledge 2021, p. 211-227 (Routledge International Handbooks)
Book chapter > peer review
Michael Scroggins; Daniel Souleles / The Allure of Prizes : How Contests Trap Us in Competitive Relationships.
In: Competition: What It Is and Why It Happens. . ed. /Stefan Arora-Jonsson; Nils Brunsson; Raimund Hasse; Katarina Lagerström. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 147-161
Book chapter > peer review
Daniel Souleles / Why Would You Buy an Electric Car on Jetski Friday? : Or, a Critique of Financial Markets from an Options Trading Room.
In: Finance and Society, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2021, p. 113-129
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles / Another Workplace Is Possible : Learning to Own and Changing Subjectivities in American Employee Owned Companies.
In: Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 40, No. 1, 3.2020, p. 28-48
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles / Knotty Financiers : A Comparative Take on Finance, Value, and Inequality.
In: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Vol. 59, 9.2020
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles / Trading Options and the Unattainable Dream : Some Reflections on Semiotic Ideologies.
In: Signs and Society, Vol. 8, No. 2, 3.2020, p. 243-261
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles; Kristian Bondo Hansen / Can They all be ‘Shit-heads’? : Learning to be a Contrarian Investor.
In: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 12, No. 6, 12.2019, p. 491-507
Journal article > peer review
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Outside activities

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