Jeffrey Guhin

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office  296 Haines Hall
Phone  (310) 206-8660
I am interested in how moral life works, especially in schools and religious groups.

My research interests include education, culture, religion, and theory. My first book is titled Agents of God: Boundaries and Authority in Muslim and Christian SchoolsMy work centers around a few questions: (1) how religion works, (2) what schools do, and, bringing the first two questions together, (3) how these and other institutions socialize. These concerns are buttressed by an ongoing interest in qualitative methodology and all kinds of theory, including literary theory and postcolonial theory. You can find me on twitter here: @jeffguhin.

My current projects are

1. A theory book forthcoming from Columbia University Press called Against Achievement: What Meritocracy Misses About Schools.

2. Another book, also forthcoming from Columbia Univerity Press called Magical Citizenship: Self and Social Obligation in Schools. It's based on my postdoctoral research in six public high schools, two each in New York City, San Diego, and Charlotte, NC, looking at how different students talk about success.

3. A study developing a formal theory of scripture that can then be applied to non-religious texts like the DSM.

5. Various and sundry stand-alone papers with brilliant co-authors.

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PhD, Yale 2013

BA, Loyola New Orleans 2003