Andrew Sanchez

Dr Andrew Sanchez


Andrew is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology.

Andrew Sanchez

Andrew earned his doctorate in anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge in 2016, he held teaching and research positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of Kent.

In addition to his role as an Associate Professor, Andrew is the Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Social Anthropology, and the Convenor of the Human Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) Tripos. He is also the editor of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, the Economics editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology, and a member of the University Council, the principal executive and policy-making body of the University of Cambridge.


Andrew has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in urban India among industrial workers, trade unionists and entrepreneurs. He has published on economy, labour, and corruption, including Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India (Routledge, 2016), Labour Politics in an Age of Precarity (Dialectical Anthropology, 2019) co-edited with Sian Lazar, and Indeterminacy: Waste, Value and the Imagination (Berghahn 2018) co-edited with Catherine Alexander. He is currently writing an ethnographic study of the Indian scrap metal industry, which addresses key conceptual debates in the anthropology of value and exchange.

What's on

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Open Call: Wolf Words Poetry Anthology 2024

27/11/2023 at 09.00

We are excited to launch an open call for the second edition of our Wolf Words Poetry Anthology; this year our theme is Wild. 

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Writing an abstract workshop

30/11/2023 at 19.00

This workshop is organised to help students prepare to be part of the Wolfson Research Event 2024.


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A Duty to Repair?

01/12/2023 at 18.00

How can you introduce protection of the environment into consumer contract law when this is detrimental to the protection of the consumer?

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Art Exhibition: 'How It Is'

02/12/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'How It Is' featuring work by the influential British artist Tim Head.

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Entrepreneurship Workshop for Students

02/12/2023 at 13.00

An interactive session during which students can gain insight into the sphere of entrepreneurship.