Joseph Soares was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University, and a Lecturer in Harvard’s Social Studies Program before joining the sociology faculty at Wake Forest University in the Fall of 2003. His teaching and research interests include: the social forces that shape, and the stratification effects of, culture; the role of educational institutions in society; and the history of social thought.

He is the author of The Power of Privilege and The Decline of Privilege: the Modernization of Oxford University.