Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Warhol Economy (Princeton) and Starstruck (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.
One of the Economist.com Wise Words 2017 Books of the Year in Culture The aspirational class gets a kick in the quinoa courtesy of Elizabeth Currid-Halkett's The Sum of Small Things. --Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair Currid-Halkett's biting, often humorous commentary is not just a send up of the so-called 'coastal elites.' It's a trenchant analysis that combines economic and sociological evidence to describe major trends. --Dan Kopf, Quartz [A] thorough book.... Currid-Halkett argues that the educated class establishes class barriers not through material consumption and wealth display but by establishing practices that can be accessed only by those who possess rarefied information. --David Brooks, New York Times A remarkably fine-grained portrait of how the spending habits of Americans have evolved over the decades. --Economist