Frederick Wherry

Professor of Sociology

Yale University

Frederick Wherry is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. He is currently studying how immigrant and minority households become more equitably integrated into the financial system. How do people lacking bank accounts become banked? What kinds of financial arrangements match well with existing household and community practices? He is also editing a four-volume Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (expected 2015).

He has conducted ethnographic investigations of value generation in artisanal production, the use of arts and culture in neighborhood transformation, and place-based narrations of value in the global economy. He is the author of Global Markets and Local Crafts, The Philadelphia Barrio, and The Culture of Markets as well as co-editor (with Nina Bandelj) of The Cultural Wealth of Nations. He teaches courses on the sociology of markets, culture and globalization, and qualitative research design. He has worked in international development with the World Bank and has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a PhD in Sociology from Princeton. He spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania on a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship before teaching at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He serves on the editorial boards of American Sociological Review and The American Journal of Cultural Sociology. In 2012 he was elected to a three-year term on the Economic Sociology Council and in 2014 he was elected Chair of the Consumers and Consumption Section of the American Sociological Association. He serves on the policy board of the Journal of Consumer Research. He was recently elected into the membership of the Sociological Research Association.

Outside of the university he serves on the Board of Trustees at Asheville School and has served on the boards of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni as well as the Latin American Cultural Roots (Raíces) nonprofit in Philadelphia.