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

Professor Helle Porsdam

Humanities Society: Science as a Cultural Human Right

24/05/2022 at 17.45

Join Professor Helle Porsdam for an evening talk which focuses on the right to science – a little known but potentially powerful human right.

Ellie Bladon, PhD student in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Science Society: Parental care: an evolutionary case of “use it or lose it”

27/05/2022 at 17.45

Phenotypic plasticity enables animals to flexibly adjust their behaviour to their social environment – sometimes through the expression of adaptive traits that have not been exhibited for several generations. The ability to revive these ‘ghosts of adaptations past’ could prove beneficial for populations living in a changing world.

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Working on Your Dissertation

28/05/2022 at 10.00

This workshop will cover several aspects of formatting and proofreading a dissertation.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

28/05/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Daniel Phillips playing violin and Victor Wang playing Piano

Music Society Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Phillips & Victor Wang

28/05/2022 at 13.30

Join us live in the Lee Hall for an hour-long lunchtime concert of violin and piano, performed by Daniel Phillips and Victor Wang.