André Vereta-Nahoum is professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo, associate researcher at Cebrap (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), and at Nucec (Research Center on Culture and Economy, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). He is currently interested in the role of epistemic communities – i.e. experts, a particular form of elite – in the definition of critical economic realities in order to justify interventions. More broadly, he investigates the friction and entanglements between how experts construct critical economy realities through their knowledge practices, artifices of reality and interventions, on the one side, and how ordinary persons act upon these situations defined as critical taking into consideration different structures of relevance that refer to phenomenological embodiments of crises, on the other. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Sao Paulo/International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and a MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He currently leads, with Frederick Wherry (Princeton University), the comparative research project Circuits of Economic Life in Times of Crisis.