Associate Professor, Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School


I hold a PhD in Applied Anthropology from Columbia University in the US. Generally speaking, I’m interested in how groups of people create, identify, and allocate things they see as valuable, thereby creating wealth and forms of inequality. This general interest has turned into a specific concern with present-day financial capitalism and the ways that financiers allocate wealth and change the structural conditions of many people’s lives. To study all this I’ve done long-term, U.S.-based field work with Catholic monks, private equity investors, employee-owned companies, and on computerized stock trading.

Selected publications

Souleles, Daniel. 2020.Knotty Financiers: A comparative take on finance, value, and inequality.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 59.

Souleles, Daniel. 2019. Songs of Profit, Songs of Loss: Private Equity, Wealth, and Inequality. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Souleles, Daniel. 2019. “The distribution of ignorance on financial markets.” Economy and Society 48(4):510-31.

Souleles, Daniel. 2019. “Another Workplace is Possible: Learning to own and changing subjectivities in American employee owned companies.” Critique of Anthropology 40(1):28-48.

Souleles, Daniel. 2017. “Don’t Mix Paxil, Viagra, and Xanax: What financiers jokes say about inequality.” Economic Anthropology 4(1):107-119. DOI: 10.1002/sea2.12076.