Sam Friedman is Associate Professor in Sociology at London School of Economics. He has published widely on social class, comedy and social mobility. He is the author of Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour (Routledge 2014) and co-author of Social Class in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2015).
His upcoming book (with Daniel Laurison), The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged (Policy/University of Chicago Press), will be published in 2018 and explores a powerful and previously unrecognised ‘class pay gap’ within Britain’s high-status professions. Specifically, they find that those in top jobs who are from working-class backgrounds earn significantly less than more privileged colleagues – even after controlling for a host of factors known to affect earnings. Recently, Sam has begun a new project analysing the entire historical database of Who’s Who – a unique catalogue of the British elite. Drawing on 120 years of biographical data, he is currently examining the changing relationship between Britain’s most elite ‘public schools’ and recruitment into the elite.
Outside academia Sam is Consulting Editor of Fest, a comedy and arts magazine covering the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.