Daniel Auguste

Daniel Auguste

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Florida Atlantic University

Faculty Affiliate, Social Policy Institute, Washington University

Visiting Assistant Professor 2022-2023

Professor Roberto Fernández, Sloan

Daniel Auguste


Daniel Auguste is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University and a faculty affiliate at the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include inequality, stratification, economic and organizational sociology, and entrepreneurship. More specifically, Auguste's research agenda seeks to understand the structural forces determining who gets what, who participates and to what level they participate in the capitalist production process--questions that have been at the center of sociological inquiry for decades. Drawing on structural sociological theories and using large-scale survey data and various statistical methodologies, Auguste offers new theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence to these timeless questions.

Recent Publications

I. Economic Inequality, Gender Inequality, and Entrepreneurship

Auguste, Daniel, Stephen Roll and Mathieu Despard. Online First (2/2022). “The Precarity of Self-employment among Low- and Moderate-income Households." Social Forces.

Auguste, Daniel. Online First (3/2022).“Varieties of Gendered Capitalism: Status Beliefs and the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship.” Social Currents.

Auguste, Daniel. 2021. “The Impact of Economic Inequality on Entrepreneurship: Does a Society’s Stage of Development Make a Difference?” Sociological Perspectives, 64(2) 176-195.

Auguste, Daniel. 2020. “Who Becomes a Business Owner in High-Inequality Regimes? The Conditioning Effect of Economic Inequality on the Impact of Individual Educational and Financial Endowment on Entrepreneurship.” Social Currents 7(2): 131–154.


​II. Economic Inequality, Globalization and the Welfare State

Auguste, Daniel. 2018. “Income Inequality, Globalization and the Welfare State: Evidence from 23 Industrial Countries, 1990-2009.” Sociological Forum 33 (3): 666-689.


​III. Culture, Religion, Social Capital, and Social Inclusion and Exclusion

Auguste, Daniel. 2019. “Exclusive Religious Beliefs and Social Capital: Unpacking Nuances in the Relationship between Religion and Social Capital Formation.”  Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.


"3 Questions: Daniel Auguste on why 'successful entrepreneurs don’t fall from the sky',” MIT News, 1 March 2023

"Entrepreneurship, Social Mobility and the 'American Dream': How Economic Inequality Undermines It All," Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO), 9 February 2023

“Democratizing the Economy or Introducing Economic Risk? Gig Work During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning, 29 November 2022

Photo Gallery: MIT MLK Scholar Welcome Luncheon, Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO), 30 October 2022

"MIT welcomes eight MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2022-23," MIT News, 14 July 2022