Andrew Sanchez is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is a specialist on the anthropology of class, labour and corruption. He also writes about race and decolonisation.
Andrew has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in urban India among industrial workers, trade unionists and entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder of the Cambridge-Max Planck Exchange for Economic Life (CaMP), and was formerly the editor of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, the Economics editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology, and a member of the University Council, the principal executive and policy-making body of the University of Cambridge.
Andrew´s first book ‘Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India’ was published by Routledge in 2016. Andrew is currently writing an ethnographic study of the Indian scrap metal industry, which addresses key conceptual debates in the anthropology of value and exchange. He is also preparing a major new collection about ‘Mixed Race Thought’.
Andrew earned his doctorate in anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge as Lecturer in Social Anthropology in 2016, he taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2009 to 2012, was Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology from 2012 to 2014, and Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent from 2014 to 2016.
Image Credit: Robert Pepperell, XXVII, 2006, Oil on panel, 29 x 20 cm.
TEACHING AND SUPERVISION
Andrew teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the anthropology of economy; anthropology of politics; anthropology of crime and corruption; anthropology of cities; anthropology of violence; anthropology of south asia; ethnographic methods.
Andrew supervises doctoral students working on a range of projects related to questions of economy and capitalism, work and labour, criminality, and urban anthropology.
Prospective doctoral students should send him a research proposal of 1-2 sides of text that addresses three things:
Why are your interests best served through an investigation of the fieldsite(s) you have chosen? Explain why a study of it is timely and important, and say what the research itself will look like.
How will your project build upon recent or major work in anthropology that you are interested in? Look to the relevant literature and ask what is lacking in it. Then consider how you would address these gaps through your project.
Convey what you hope is the broader anthropological significance of your project, and what it will teach the discipline.