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.

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Kicking the can down the road: How to create research impact in seven (not so easy) steps

06/06/2023 at 17.30

We hear terms like ‘research impact’ and ‘engagement’ all the time, but what does ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ actually look like in practice?

selection of books written by Professor Inger Mewburn

Productivity workshops for researchers with Prof. Inger Mewburn aka The Thesis Whisperer

10/06/2023 at 10.00

Join Professor Inger Mewburn, also known online as the Thesis Whisperer, for one or both workshops to help increase your productivity: Getting sh!t done and Building a second brain (for writing)

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Art Exhibition: 'Things Put Differently'

10/06/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Things Put Differently' featuring Gavin Fry and works by Anthony Green and Mary Cozens-Walker.

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Art Exhibition: 'Patterns of Renewal'

10/06/2023 at 10.00

We're delighted to be the first to display Gurpran Rau's latest exhibition 'Patterns of Renewal', featuring a series of paintings created during lockdown inspired by her walks in the woods of Cambridgeshire.