Chris Wilkes was educated at Dulwich College in London before migrating to New Zealand. He has a BSc in Biology from Victoria University, Wellington; a BA in Sociology and American Studies from Canterbury University Christchurch; and an MA (First Class Honours) in Sociology from the same institution. He then moved to the USA, where he completed an MA and a PhD in sociology at Stanford University.
He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Christchurch Teachers’ College, New Zealand. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Arbetslivcentrum in Stockholm, Sweden; Directeur D’etudes Associé at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France; and Visiting Professor at York St. John University, UK. He is presently Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Pacific University in Forest Grove, USA.
He is the editor (with Cheleen Mahar and Dick Harker) of An Introduction to the Work of Pierre Bourdieu (Macmillan, 1990); Social Jane: The Small, Secret Sociology of Jane Austen (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013); A Biography of the State (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018); In the Public Interest: Health, Work and Housing in Zealand (edited with Ian Shirley, Benton Ross, 1984), and The Tragedy of the Market: a social experiment in New Zealand (co-authored with Mike O’Brien, Dunmore, 1993). He is also the author of a number of articles.
Chris' interests focus on three major areas – questions of hierarchy; political theory; and the sociology of literature.