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  • Patrick Sheehan

    Patrick Sheehan

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Management Science and Engineering

    BioPatrick Sheehan a Post-Doctoral scholar in the Work, Technology, and Organizations group at MS&E. He is an ethnographer and economic sociologist who studies work, culture, and technological innovation. His research focuses on elite professional employment as an entryway for understanding cultural transformations to contemporary capitalism. Ongoing projects investigate the puzzling rise of “career coaches” as self-styled “experts” in career management, and an ethnographic study of “hype culture" in Silicon Valley start-ups.

    His work has been published in American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, and Work & Occupations, and has received best-paper awards from the American Sociological Associuation sections on Cultural Sociology; Organizations, Occupations, and Work; and Economic Sociology.

    Patrick earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.