Mitchell Duneier’s research interests include urban sociology, poverty, social inequality, and the moral economy of the poor. His first book, Slim’s Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity, which was largely his dissertation, won the 1994 American Sociological Association’s award for Distinguished Scholarly Publication. His research for this work consisted of listening to the stories of men gathered at a cafeteria in Hyde Park, Chicago, where he ate his meals for four years. Similarly, for Sidewalk (2000), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the C. Wright Mills Award, he spent five years observing the world of street vending in Greenwich Village. He is coauthor of the textbooks Introduction to Sociology (8th ed., 2011) and Essentials of Sociology (3rd ed., 2010). Most recently, he coauthored The Urban Ethnography Reader (2014).
Duneier, a professor at Princeton, serves on the advisory board for National Public Radio’s This American Life. He has also taught at the University of California–Santa Barbara and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.