Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: CU 248/Boca Campus
Research: Inequality and Stratification; Economic and Organizational Sociology; Entrepreneurship
Teaching: Economic Sociology (Economy and Society); Organizations (Formal Organization and Bureaucracy)
Daniel Auguste is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University. Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served as an Associate Editor of Social Forces. His research interests include inequality, stratification, economic and organizational sociology, and entrepreneurship. More specifically, his 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. To this end, his research incorporates stratification theory into the study of entrepreneurship and organizations to bring new insights to questions about sources of inequality in the capitalist production process. His work sheds new light on the debate about causes of inequality in the distribution of society’s resources by studying how global and national forces shape income inequality. Through his investigation of the link between religious beliefs and social capital formation, he brings new insights to questions about cultural sources of social cohesion and exclusion. In addition, his research emphasizes the importance of organizational embeddedness in the global cultural environment by showing how transnational social exchange influences organizational change.
Several key findings emerge from these lines of research:
1) Economic inequality diminishes the importance of an individual’s human and financial capital for entrepreneurial development;
2) In societies characterized by high economic inequality, lower-education and income individuals are more likely than their higher-education and income counterparts to undertake entrepreneurship as a last resort;
3) At early stages of economic development, economic inequality increases entrepreneurial activities, whereas it decreases entrepreneurship at advanced stages of economic development;
4) Stronger cultural beliefs assigning greater competency and rights to valued resources to men lead to greater gender inequality in entrepreneurship in society;
5) Globalization increases income inequality, but government social welfare policies attenuate this effect; and
6) Religious intolerance fuels distrust and racial and ethnic antagonism.
Daniel is currently working on several projects that investigate the importance of entrepreneurship for economic well-being among low and moderate income households in the United States, the role of the state in shaping entrepreneurship development, and the link between religion and economic inequality.
More about his work can be found at: https://www.danielauguste.com/
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.
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 .