About Me

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

I’m the Abd El-Kader postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and I’ll start a job as an assistant professor of Sociology at UCLA in the summer of 2016. I’m a sociologist with specialties in education, culture, religion, and theory. My first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is titled The Problem of America: Science, Gender, and Religion in Christian and Muslim Schools. My next book, for which I recently completed fieldwork, is an ethnographic comparison of morality and citizenship in three urban public school districts. I have many papers in various stages of publication on topics ranging from Edward Said to the moral salience of evolution. 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 positive and negative freedom.  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.