Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor

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

My work seeks to understand how the practitioners and practices of contemporary finance allocated wealth and poverty as well as structure human societies. I’ve done field work in the United States on private equity investing as well as on the creation of employee owned companies. I’m currently a member of the AlgoFinance project studying the ways that algorithmic trading is reshaping financial markets. In addition to this, I’m interested in the ways in which belief and values shape political systems.

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
  • Pitluck, Aaron, Fabio Mattioli, and Daniel Souleles. 2018. “Finance beyond function: Three causal explanations for financialization.” Economic Anthropology 5(2):157-171. DOI:10.1002/sea2.12114

  • Souleles, Daniel. 2018. “Meaning in the Miscellany of a Cultural Domain.” Field Methods. DOI: /doi/10.1177/1525822X18781822.
  • Souleles, Daniel. 2018. “How to Study People Who Don’t Want to be Studied: Practical reflections on studying up.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 41(S1):51-68. https://doi.org/10.1111/plar.12253
  • Souleles, Daniel. 2017. “Don’t Mix Paxil, Viagra, and Xanax: What financiers jokes say about inequality.” Economic Anthropology 4(1):107-119.
  • Souleles, Daniel and Michael Scroggins. 2017. “Deep Plays with Capitalist Futures: Authority and Games in Finance and DIYbiology.” Economy and Society 46(1):82-102.
  • Souleles, Daniel. 2017. “Something new: value and change in finance.” Journal of Cultural Economy 10(4):393-40
Publications sorted by:
Daniel Souleles / Another Workplace Is Possible : Learning to Own and Changing Subjectivities in American Employee Owned Companies.
In: Critique of Anthropology, 3.4.2019
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, 18.9.2019
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles; Hervé Varenne / Redesigning Capitalism
In: Educating in Life: Educational Theory and the Emergence of New Normals. . ed. /Herve Varenne. New York : Routledge 2019, p. 63-78 (Routledge Research in Education)
Book chapter > peer review
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)
Book > peer review
Aaron Z. Pitluck; Fabio Mattioli; Daniel Souleles / Finance beyond Function : Three Causal Explanations for Financialization.
In: Economic Anthropology, Vol. 5, No. 2, 6.2018, p. 157-171
Journal article > peer review
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
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles / Meaning in the Miscellany of a Cultural Domain
In: Field Methods, Vol. 30, No. 4, 11.2018, p. 345-356
Journal article > peer review
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
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles / Something New : Value and Change in Finance.
In: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2017, p. 393-404
Journal article > peer review
Daniel Souleles; Michael Scroggins / The Meanings of Production(s) : Showbiz and Deep Plays in Finance and DIYbiology.
In: Economy and Society, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2017, p. 82-102
Journal article > peer review