Max Fineman

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Max is a first-year doctoral student in sociology at Princeton. He graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, focusing on 20th-century German and French social thought. After graduating, he worked for two years as a legal advocate for low-income New Yorkers with severe illnesses and disabilities, helping clients restore their housing stability, access to food and healthcare, and keep their families together through administrative litigation against government agencies. Max's current research interests include wealth inequality, spatial stratification, the use of property and land relations as a means of deprivation and control, as well as the sociology of finance and the history of debt. He's also interested in quantitative and computational methods, critical social theory, queer theory, and economic theory.

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B.A., Philosophy, Columbia University