About Me

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Here’s the PDF version of my most recent CV: CV Guhin

I’m an assistant professor of Sociology at UCLA and my research interests include education, culture, religion, and theory. My first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is tentatively titled Agents of God: Essence and Authority in Muslim and Christian Schools, and it’s a comparison of two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high schools. My next book, for which I have completed fieldwork, is an ethnographic comparison of morality and citizenship in three urban public school districts. Finally, I have another project in formation that will compare Muslim, Catholic, and secular 4th grade classrooms in seven global cities. I received my doctorate in Sociology from Yale University in 2013.

My work centers around a few key theoretical concerns: (1) the cognitive, social, and institutional processes through which people’s values and orienting commitments are developed and (2) the relationship between authority and moral life. These concerns are buttressed by an ongoing interest in qualitative methodology, especially the conditions necessary for ethnographic comparison and the processes through which groups and individuals maintain a coherent identity over time.

I have studied in Damascus, Syria and Mexico City, Mexico, and I hold a Modern Middle East Studies Certificate from Yale University. While the majority of my recent work is on the United States, I maintain an interest in the Middle East and Latin America.