World-renowned author of The Craftsman, Richard Sennett write about cities, labor and culture. He teaches sociology at New York University and the London School of Economics. He has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts — about the cities in which they live and about the labor they do. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr. Sennett continues the pragmatist tradition begun by William James and John Dewey.