Ashley Mears is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University with a Faculty Affiliation in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her research, at the intersection of cultural and economic sociology and gender studies, documents processes of valuation, new labor arrangements, gift exchange, and the relationship between beauty and inequality. Her first book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (University of California Press, 2011), examines the backstage production of the “look” in New York and London fashion markets. She is writing her second book, an ethnography of conspicuous consumption among global elites, forthcoming with Princeton University Press. Her research articles appear in Ethnography, Poetics, Social Forces and American Sociological Review, and she has also written for The New York Times, The Week, ELLE magazine and Jezebel. Mears received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2009 and has been a visiting scholar at the Cambridge University Centre for Gender Studies and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam. She is in Budapest for the fall semester.