T&S Manuscript Now Online First

October 2017




September 19-21, 2017



Panelist for Curt's Café Junior Board Fundraiser

May 24, 2017



Winner of 2017 Karpf

Peace Prize

May 2017



Manuscript Accepted at Theory and Society

April 2017




Presidential Fellowship Award





ASA Paper Presentation

August 12-15, 2017






LSA Paper Presentation

June 22, 2017






JTS and ASA Paper Presentations

August 19 & 22, 2016






Paris Program and SciencesPo Fellowship






LSA Paper Presentation

May 28, 2015





ASA Paper    Presentation

August 19, 2014





October 9-12, 2013

Latest News                            



I am happy to report that my manuscript "Strategies of Valuation" is now available to view and download from Theory and Society's website here. A public version for viewing is also available here.





My working paper "Constricting Constitutional Rights, Expanding Surveillance, and Anticipating Terrorism in US v Mohamud" has been accepted for the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Law Network workshop "Anticipating Law" in Bern, Switzerland in September. I very much look forward to exchanging ideas with an international and interdisciplinary group.




At 6PM in Northwestern's Kellogg Global Hub, room L070, I will be speaking as part of a panel on institutional racism and mass incarceration for a special screening of Ava DuVernay's 13th. The event is a fundraiser arranged by the Junior Board of Curt's Café. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the important work of Curt's Café in Evanston, a local business that employees at risk youth and persons with criminal records. All are welcome to attend!



I have just learned that I have won the Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Prize Award for my dissertation research. The award, made possible by a generous trust set up by the Karpfs, and granted through the Department of Sociology at Northwestern, recognizes research that promotes "universal peace, goodwill, tolerance, and understanding among the peoples of the earth." I am honored to receive such a wonderful and generous award.



I am delighted to share the news that my manuscript "Strategies of Valuation: Repertoires of Worth at the Financial Margins" has been accepted for publicatoin at Theory and Society. The paper stems from my last research project, a 13-month ethnographic study of a Chicago-area pawnshop. The paper itself probes the patterned scripts used by customers and employees to negociate prices of objects that go through the shop. The manuscript should be published within a year.


I am thrilled to share that I was selected to receive a Northwestern Presidential Fellowship beginning Fall 2017! The two-year, fully-funded, interdisciplinary fellowship is the "most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University." Selected students participate in the Society of Fellows and are expected to be in-residence for the majority of the fellowship.  I am grateful to The Graduate School and The Office of the President for this honor. The induction ceremony will be held on May 2 at the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston.



I am pleased to share that I will be presenting a much-revised older paper at a great Crime, Law, and Deviance session panel entitled "Inequality and Decision-Making in the Criminal Justice System" at the annual meeting for the American Sociological Association. This year the  meeting will be held in beautiful Montreal, Canada. I look forward to seeing many sociology colleagues there!



I am very happy to announce that I will be presenting a paper from my dissertaion research at the annual Law and Society Association Meeting, being held this year in one of my favorite world cities, Mexico City! The presentation is part of a fantastic roundtable session organized by Armando Lara-Milan (Berkeley) entitled, Manufacturing Criminogenic Facts: Empirical Traces and Theorizations of Routine Organizational Deviance Among Criminal Justice Authorities. I hope to see you there!



I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting two papers this summer in Seattle, Washington. The first paper, "Beyond Risk," lays out the theoretical intervention of my dissertation project, and will be presented at the 10th Annual Junior Theorists Symposium on August 19th at the Seattle University campus. The second paper, entitled "The Salience of Sexuality," will be presented as part of the Qualitative Method Session Panel at the annual meeting for the American Sociological Association (ASA) on August 22nd at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  I hope to see you at one or both events!


I am excited to share that I will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year in Paris as both the Northwestern Doctoral Exchange Student at SciencesPo and a Fellow in the Northwestern Paris Program in Critical Theory. At SciencesPo I will be working on dissertation project under the guidance of political sociologist Didier Bigo; as a Fellow in the Paris Program I will be participating in Sam Weber's Critical Theory seminar. I will also have the opportunity to work with numerous other French and European academics during my time here. While I am away, you can reach me via email at either: adegenshein-at-u-dot-northwestern-dot-edu or anya-dot-degenshein-at-sciencespo-dot-fr



I am very pleased to announce that I will be presenting some of the nascent theoretical work of my dissertation project at the annual Law and Society Association Meeting, being held at the Westin in Seattle this year. I will be presenting on an exciting paper session entitled, Defining What Is Criminal: Critiques of Legal Categories. I hope to see you there!



I am thrilled to announce that I will be presenting my research on a Chicago-area pawnshop at the annual meeting for the American Sociological Association, being held this year at the Hilton San Francisco, Union Square. I am presenting in a wonderful paper session entitled Credit, Poverty and Inequality, in the Section on Economic Sociology. If you are participating in ASA this year and would like to attend the session, please find more details here. I hope to see you there!