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Patrick Inglis

Assistant Professor

Patrick Inglis is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College. He teaches and writes on labor, inequality, and global development. His first book, Narrow Fairways: Getting By & Falling Behind in the New India (Oxford University Press 2019), centers on the lives of poor and lower-caste caddies who carry the golf sets of members at exclusive clubs in Bangalore, India. The book highlights how elites secure and extend class and caste privileges, while also delivering a necessary rebuke to India's present development strategy, which pays far too little attention to promoting quality healthcare, education, and other basic social services that would deliver real opportunities to the poor. He has shared insights from the book on various podcasts, including The Sociology Annex, New Books Network, and Inequalities. In addition to ongoing research tracking the aspirations and dreams of graduates from an English- language boarding school outside Bangalore, he is also developing a new project on the political and economic elite of Mexico.

Education and Degrees

Ph.D., 2013 City University of New York M.A., 2003 University of British Columbia B.Ed., 1998 McGill University

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