Frederick Wherry is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. He has conducted ethnographic investigations of value generation in artisanal production, the use of arts and culture in neighborhood transformation, and place-based narrations of value in the global economy. He is the author of Global Markets and Local Crafts, The Philadelphia Barrio, and The Culture of Markets as well as co-editor (with Nina Bandelj) of The Cultural Wealth of Nations. He is currently studying the effects of culture, institutions, and social relationships on the banking and budgeting experiences of immigrant and minority households. He teaches courses on the sociology of markets, cultural and globalization, and qualitative research design.
Wherry received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He then spent a year in Thailand as a Luce Scholar. He has worked in international development with the World Bank and has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a PhD in Sociology from Princeton. He spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania on a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship before teaching at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and The American Journal of Cultural Sociology.