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Ph.D. Sociology, 2003
M.A., M.Phil, 1999
Exams in Social Theory, Methodology, French Language, Sociology of Culture
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology (Honors), English, 1996
Lena holds an appointment as Senior Research Scholar for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) at Indiana University. In 2015-6 she is Chair-Elect of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Culture Section, and will serve as Chair the following academic year. She is a past fellow of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Barnard College. Lena has also worked as a Visiting Professor at advertising agency DDB Worldwide, and consults for major national and international non- and for-profit arts organizations.
Her research focuses on understanding processes of classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories. Recently, she has started to publish on related issues within the study of artistic identity, careers, and non-profit arts management.
In 2012, Princeton University Press published her first book-length project, Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (in paperback, 2014), which presents a sociological examination of musical genres, conceptualizing them not as collections of similar sounds, but as communities of shared practices. The book was named one of Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012, and was reviewed in the American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology,Times Higher Education, and discussed at the Daily Beast, the Freakonomics Blog, and on WNYC’s Soundcheck. She has contracts for two additional books--one on the transformation of folk and vernacular culture into art (Slumming: The Reproduction of Prestige, Princeton University Press, exp. 2016), and a second on measuring culture (Measuring Culture, Columbia University Press, exp. 2017).
Lena, Jennifer C. Forthcoming. “Genre: Relational Approaches to the Sociology of Music.” Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. Ed. Laurie Hanquinet and Mike Savage (eds.). New York: Routledge.
Lena, Jennifer C. 2015. “Culture, Production of: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2nd Edition. Section Ed. Kees van Rees; Ed. in Chief, James Wright. Elsevier. Pp. 608-613.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Erin Johnston. 2015. “U.S. Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and Connections in an Emerging Field.” Grantmakers in the Arts Reader. Vol. 26 (1): 9-13.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Danielle Lindemann. 2014. “Who is an Artist? New Data for an Old Question.” Poetics. Special issue: Art at the Crossroads. Ed. Victoria Alexander and Anne Bower. Vol. 43: 70-85.
Lena, Jennifer C. 2014. “Authenticity and Independence in Rap Music and other Genre Communities.” Explorations in Music Sociology: Examining the Role of Music in Social Life. Pp. 232-240 in Sara Horsfall, Jan-Martijn Meij, and Meghan Probstfield (eds.). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishing.
Lena, Jennifer C. 2014. “Making It Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates.” Annual Report on the 2013 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). With Sally Gaskill, Rebecca F. Houghton, Amber Lambert, Angie Miller, and Steven J. Tepper. Pp. 1-30.
Lena, Jennifer C. 2014. Book review of Music, Style, and Aging: Growing Old Disgracefully? (By Andy Bennett. 2013.) Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 43: 500-501.
Jennifer C. Lena
Teachers College, Columbia University ! Program in Arts Administration
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2003 Columbia University
Dissertation: “From ‘Flash’ to ‘Cash’: Producing Rap Authenticity, 1979- 1995.” Peter S. Bearman (Sponsor),
Harrison C. White (Chair), Priscilla Ferguson, Sudhir Venkatesh, Richard A. Peterson (External)
1999 M.A., M.Phil
Exams in Social Theory, Methodology, French Language, Sociology of Culture
1996 Colgate University
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology (Honors), English
Honors Thesis: “The Limits of Wealth: Social Action Against the Roman
Catholic Church by Women.” Rhonda Levine (chair), Adam Weinberg.
2013-present Teachers College, Columbia University
Associate Professor, Arts Administration
Courtesy Faculty Appointment, Department of Sociology
Faculty-At-Large, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2011-13 Barnard College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
2003-11 Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Faculty Fellow, Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy
Affiliated Faculty in the American Studies Program, Vanderbilt University, Center for Ethics
2014-present Senior Research Scholar, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, Indiana University.
2008-14 Research Scholar, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, Indiana University & Vanderbilt University.
2007-8 Faculty Fellow, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School.
2000 Inaugural Resident Scholar. “Hip Hop America: Roots, Rhythmand Rage,” Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Awards and Honors
Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012” for Banding Together.
Grammy Award nomination (co-commissioner). Best Small Ensemble Performance, “Hilos.” (2011)
Book Series Editor
Culture and Economic Life. Co-edited by Frederick Wherry, Jennifer C. Lena, and Greta Hsu. Stanford University Press.
Lena, Jennifer C. Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music. Princeton University Press.
Awards: Named one of Choice Reviews’ Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012
Reviewed: Sociologica (January 2014); Journal of Popular Music Studies (September 2013); American Journal of Sociology
(January 2013, Vol.118 (4): 1145-1147); Contemporary Sociology (March 2013, Vol. 42 (2): 254-5); Times Higher Education
(UK, March 1, 2012), Choice Reviews (August, 2012)
Discussed: Author Meets Critics, Social Science History Association (November 2011).
Peer Reviewed Articles
Lena, Jennifer C. and Danielle Lindemann. “Who is an Artist? New Data for an Old Question.” Poetics. Special issue: Art at the
Crossroads. Ed. Victoria Alexander and Anne Bower. Vol. 43: 70-85.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Mark C. Pachucki. “The sincerest form of flattery: Innovation, repetition, and status in an art movement.”
Poetics.Vol. 41 (3):236-264.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Richard A. Peterson. “Politically-Purposed Music Genres.” American Behavioral Scientist. Special issue:
Globalization andDiversity in Cultural Fields: Comparative Perspectives on Music, Literature and Television. Vol. 55 (5): 574- 588.
Pachucki, Mark A., Jennifer C. Lena and Steven Tepper. “Creativity narratives among college students: Sociability and everyday
creativity.” The Sociological Quarterly. Vol. 51: 122–149.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Richard A. Peterson. “Classification as Culture:Types and Trajectories of Music Genres.”
American Sociological Review. Vol. 73 (5):697-718. Reprinted in Wray, Matt. 2013. Cultural Sociology: An Introduction. New York: W.W.
Norton & Company. Pp. 239-267.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Voyeurism and Resistance in Rap Music Videos.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. Vol. 5 (3): 264-279.
Reprinted in Neal, Mark Anthony and Murray Forman (eds.). 2011. That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. 2nd Edition.
New York: Routledge.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Measures of Diversity: Lessons from Rap Music,1979-1995.” Studi Culturali. Vol. 1: 137-160.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Social Context and Musical Content: Rap Music,1979-1995.” Social Forces. Vol. 85 (1): 479-495. Reprinted in Lune, Howard,
Enrique S. Pumar and Ross Koppel (eds.).
Perspectives in Social Research Methods and Analysis: A Reader for Sociology. Sage.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Meaning and Membership: Samples in Rap Music, 1979 to 1995.” Poetics. Vol. 32 (3-4): 297-310.
Schindler, Amy and Jennifer C. Lena. “Promise Keepers in Perspective: Organizational Characteristics and Men’s
Religious Movements.” Pp. 209-224 in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion. Volume 11. Edited by Joanne Marie Greer and
David O. Moberg. Stamford, Connecticut: JAI Press,Inc.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Genre: Relational Approaches to the Sociology of Music.” Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. Ed.
Laurie Hanquinet and Mike Savage (eds.). New York: Routledge.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Authenticity and Independence in Rap Music andother Genre Communities.”
Explorations in Music Sociology: Examining the Roleof Music in Social Life. Pp. 232-240 in Sara Horsfall,
Jan-Martijn Meij, andMeghan Probstfield (eds.). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishing.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Tradition and Transformation at the Fan Fair Festival.” Pp. 224-248 in
Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals andCompetitive Events, ed. Brian Moeran and Jesper
Strandgaard Pedersen. Cambridge University Press.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Daniel B. Cornfield. “Immigrant Arts Participation in Nashville.” Pp. 147-169 in
Engaging Art:The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life, ed. By Steven Tepper and William Ivey.New York: Routledge.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Culture, Production of: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century.”
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.2nd Edition. Section Ed. Kees van Rees; Ed. in Chief,
James Wright. Elsevier. Pp.608-613. Essays
Lena, Jennifer C. and Erin Johnston. “U.S. Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and
Connections in an Emerging Field.” Grantmakers in the Arts Reader. Vol. 26 (1): 9-13.
Lena, Jennifer C. January/February 2013. “A Visit From TheCredibility Squad.” Pacific Standard. Pgs. 32-35.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Peter Levin. “Valuing Art.” Contexts. Vol. 8 (2):60-62.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Psyops, Propaganda and Gangsta Rap: Why is Saddam Hussein rapping for the CIA?”
Radical Society. Vol. 30 (1): 25-30.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Making It Work: The Education and Employment ofRecent Arts Graduates.” Annual Report on the
2013 Strategic National Arts Alumn iProject (SNAAP). With Sally Gaskill, Rebecca F. Houghton, Amber Lambert,Angie Miller,
and Steven J. Tepper. Pp. 1-30.
Lena, Jennifer C. “An Organizational Autopsy of Exit Art: Non-Profit Closure as Successful Management.” Executive Report.
NYU Fales Library, ExitArt Archives. Pp. 1-23.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Erin Johnston. “U.S. Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and
Connections in an Emerging Field.” Expanded report with index. NYU Brademas Center. Pp. 1-83.
Lena, Jennifer C. “When Non-Profits Change Leaders: CEO Transitions, Strategic and Cultural Concerns.”
Brooklyn Academy of Music, NEXT Transition Advisors. Pp. 1-8.
Lena, Jennifer C. and Mitali Banerjee. “Annotated Bibliography forAmerican Jewish World Service.” American Jewish World Service,
NEXT Transition Advisors. Report on executive transitions in non-profit serviceorganizations. Pp. 1-21.
Lena, Jennifer C. “Every Entrance is an Exit: The Last Year of Exit Art.” Narrative Report. NYU Fales Library, Exit Art Archives. Pp. 1-45.
Gaskill, Sally, Steven Tepper and George Kuh with Rebecca Houghton,Amber D.Lambert, Jennifer C. Lena, Danielle Lindeman,
and Angie L. Miller. “An Uneven Canvas: Inequalities in Artistic Training and Careers.” Strategic National Arts Alumni
Project Annual Report. Pp. 1-34.
Lindemann, Danielle and Steven Tepper, with Sally Gaskill, Scott D.Jones, George D. Kuh, Amber D. Lambert, Jennifer C. Lena,
Angie L. Miller, Kendall Park, Ellen B. Rudolph, and Leah Vanderwerp. “Painting with Broader Strokes: Arts Alumni,
Artistic Contributions, and Achievement.” National Endowment for the Arts Report on the 2010 Strategic National
Arts Alumni Project(SNAAP). Pp.1-38.
Kuh, George and Steven Tepper with Sally Gaskill, Scott D. Jones, Amber D. Lambert, Jennifer C. Lena,
Danielle Lindemann, Elizabeth Long-Lingo, Angie L. Miller, Rick Shoup, Kendall Park, Carly Rush and Leah Vanderwerp.
“A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education andCareers.”
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project Annual Report. Pp. 1-36.
Kuh, George and Steven Tepper with Sally Gaskill, Scott D. Jones, John Kennedy, Amber D. Lambert, Jennifer C. Lena,
Elizabeth Long-Lingo, Angie L. Miller, and Carly Rush. “Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni.”
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project Annual Report. Pp. 1-22.
Lena, Jennifer C. Book review of Music, Style, and Aging: Growing Old Disgracefully? (By Andy Bennett. 2013.)
Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 43:500-501.
Lena, Jennifer C. Book review of Hollywood Highbrow: From Entertainment to Art. (By Shyon Baumann. 2008.)
American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 114 (6):1894-1896.
Lena, Jennifer C. Book review of Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. (By Keith Kahn-Harris. 2007.)
American Journal of Sociology. Vol.113 (3):927-929.
Lena, Jennifer C. Book review of Real Country: Music and Language in Working- Class Culture. (By Aaron A. Fox.
Duke University Press. 2004.) American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 111 (2): 652-654.
November 7, 2012
“A Mix-Tape for Our President.” Princeton University Press Election 101 Blog.
June 22, 2012
“The Ancient Problem of Unruly Music.” (A conversation with Jonathan A.Neufeld.)
http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2012/06/22/the-ancient- problem-of-unruly-music-more-from-jenn-lena-on-music-and-the- election/.
May 1, 2012
“Campaign Songs and Campaign Wrongs.” Princeton University Press Election 101 Blog.
April 11, 2012
“Political (Dis)chord?” Princeton University Press Election101 Blog.
March 3, 2012
“The Disintegration of Genres.” Culture Digitally. http://culturedigitally.org/2012/03/the-disintegration-of-genres/.
February 16, 2012
“Top of the pops.” Culture Digitally.http://culturedigitally.org/2012/02/top- of-the-pops/.
November 11, 2008
“Testing the limits of knowledge.” Org Theory. https://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/testing-the-limits-of- knowledge/.
Works in Progress
Slumming: The Reproduction of Prestige. Under contract with Princeton University Press.
Measuring Culture. Co-authored with Christopher Bail, Omar Lizardo, TerenceMcDonnell, Ashley Mears, Ann Mische,
John Mohr, Iddo Tavory, Steven Vaisey, and Frederick Wherry. Under contract at Columbia University Press.
Articles & Book Chapters
“Institutional and Organizational Foundations for Omnivorousness in the U.S.”With Omar Lizardo.
Under review at American Journal of Sociology.
“Organizational Autopsy of Exit Art.” Under review at Journal of Arts Management,Law, and Society.
“Annotated Bibliography of Executive Transitions.” NEXT Transition Advisors ($5,000).
With NYU’s Brademas Center. “U.S. Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities.”
Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation ($10,010.50).
With NYU’s Fales Library and Exit Art. “Exit Art’s Closure—TheReasons, the Way, and the Results.” Booth-Ferris Foundation ($25,000).
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ($2,000). The Rauschenberg Foundation ($10,000).
Research Associate. “Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.”Supported by Surdna Foundation,
National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment, Barr Foundation, Cleveland Foundation and administered
by Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Reform ($4,200,000 in grantsupport).
Visiting Professor. Advertising Educational Foundation. Host: DDB Worldwide ($3,500).
(with Jonathan Neufeld) “Music, Authority and Community.” Vanderbilt University Research Scholars Grant,
Collaborative InterdisciplinaryResearch Grants program ($49,840).
(with Jonathan Neufeld, Joy Calico, and Gabriela Frank)Incubation Group: Music in the Americas. Vanderbilt University,
Center for theAmericas ($25,000).
Competitive grant for extension of sabbatical. Vanderbilt University (c. $27,000).
(with Steven A. Wernke, Francisco Estrada Belli, William R. Fowler,and Pierre R. Colas) Spatial Analysis
Research Lab (SARL): An Advanced Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Facility.
Vanderbilt University Discovery Infrastructure Grant ($44,528.24).
Summer Research Grant for “Festival City.” Curb Center for Art,Enterprise, and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University ($9,200).
Mapping Working Group, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University ($10,500).
Other Creative Work
Interview with Pitch podcast: Episode 4, “Backtracking.” Online at SoundCloud, iTunes. On NPR affiliates and WNYC. (2014)
Interview with Princeton University Press blog about Banding Together. (January 25, 2012)
Interview with WNYC Soundcheck about Banding Together. (Feb 10, 2012)
The GLF Project. Organized concert, lecture events for composer Gabriela Frank.
Co- commissioner of Contemporary Classical work titled,“Hilos,” recorded in August 2010 for
Naxos Records. Nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award, Best Small Ensemble Performance. (2010-12)
“Copyright Criminals” screening, director visit by Kembrew McLeod. Eventselected as “Critics Pick” by Nashville Scene. (2010)
“Photographs of Milt Hinton.” Organized lecture by David Berger & display of photographs. (2004)
Blogging for: Scripted Whim, First Five, Princeton University Press Election 101 Blog, Org Theory, Culture Digitally, What is the What.
“Banding Together and a Sociological Approach to Genre.”
Department of Music, Graduate seminar: Theories of Identity, Place, andTime in Popular Music Analysis. University of Pennsylvania.
“Why Listening is Overrated: A Relational Approach to Classifying Style andExcellence in Music.”
Global Literary Networks Conference. University of Chicago.
“Kill Your Idols: Relational Principles and Inductive Categories in the Study of Culture.”
Measuring Culture Conference, UCSB
“What is an Artist?: New (SNAAP) Data for an Old Question.”
3 Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Art Graduates conference. Nashville, TN.
“Relational and Multi-Method Approaches to Category Construction.”
Measuring Culture Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. “Banding Together.”
AKD lecture, Montclair State University.
Sociology Department, Notre Dame University.
New Pathways for the Social Sciences, Columbia University. “Slumming: The Reproduction of Prestige.”
Culture Workshop, Sociology Department, Notre Dame University. “The Emergence of Popularity: Status in Rap Music.”
Organizational Behavior Group. Stanford University Graduate School of Business. “Innovation and Politics in Rap Music.”
AFASC3930, “Hip Hop and Social Inequality.” African American Studies Program, Columbia University.
“The sincerest form of flattery: Peer imitation and financial success in an art world.”
Sociology Department, University of Toronto.
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences research seminar, ColumbiaUniversity.
Economic Sociology Workshop, Stanford University.
Organizations and Markets workshop, Chicago Booth School.
“Never Mind the Bullocks: Here’s the Formal Sociologist.”
Politics, Economy and Culture Workshop. Indiana University.
“Notes on Music in the Digital Age.”
Thematic Session: “Commerce, Creativity, and Community in the Digital Age.” American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.
“Research Notes on the Creative Campus Project.”
Creative Campus Caucus, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. New York, NY. “Context and Content in the Sociology of Art.”
Sociology Department Colloquium Series. Franklin and Marshall College. Lancaster, PA. “Festival City: Corporate Sponsorship and
the Branding ofNashville, TN.”
Urban Ethnography Workshop. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.
“Social Structure and Compositional Elements: Rap Music as a Pilot Case.”
Department of Sociology Colloquium Series, Rutgers University.
Chapel Hill Sociology Department Colloquium Series, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“Resources and Phases in Music Genre Formation.”
Cultural and Political Sociology Workshop. University of Carolina, Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.
“Playing Yourself?: Authenticity, Identity and Cultural Consumption.”
Thinking Outside of the Box: A Series of Lunchtime Talks with a Philosophical Flavor. Nashville Public Library. Nashville, TN.
“Festival City: The Ecology of Urban Events and the Festivalization Hypothesis.”
Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. “Mapping the Creative Campus: Understanding
Networks and Social Processes.”
Workshop on Health and Social Structure, Department of Sociology and Department of Health Care Policy, Medical School.
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. With Mark Pachucki and Steven Tepper.
“Music Social Movements: Rap.” McGill Hall Hours, Vanderbilt University. Convocation Series, Belmont University.
“Voyeurism, Authenticity and the Gaze: Rap Music Videos as Cultural Tourism.”
Workshop on Culture and Institutions. University of Georgia. Athens, GA. “SocialNetworks and Identity in Science and the Arts.”
Mellon Fresh Combinations Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, on DiscourseAnalysis and
Social and Political Thought. Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN.
“Keepin’ It Real & Getting’ Paid: Commercial Culture and Authenticity in RapMusic.”
Keynote speaker at Sociology Majors and Minors Association. Vanderbilt University.
“Case Making and Breaking: Meaning in Rap Career Sequences.”
Keynote speaker at Annual Sociology Symposium. Providence College. Providence, RI.
“Institutional Entrepreneurship, Artistic Valorization, and the Generation of Cultural Taste.” American Sociological Association.
Chicago, Il. (With Omar Lizardo)
“Tracing Cultural Durability: Stability, Change, and Emergence” with Christopher A. Bail, and
“Making a Case: Identifying Case Studies” with Bail, Lizardo, McDonnell, Mohr, Mische, Tavory, Vaisey and Wherry.
Measuring Culture Conference, Notre Dame University
“Toward a Theory of Emergence: Authenticity in Culture Fields.”
Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Critic. “Author Meets Critics for Paolo Parigi, The Rationalization of Miracles.” Social SciencevHistory Association.
“Crowd-funding Communities and Changing Practices of Cultural Production.” Social Science History Association. (With Terence McDonnell)
“Institutional and Organizational Foundations for Omnivorousness in the U.S.” American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.
Discussant. “What’s Next? A Panel Discussion on the Future Prospects for Measuring Culture.”
Measuring Culture Conference 2. University of California,Santa Barbara.
Discussant. Art Panel. Eastern Sociological Society.
“The Ground on Which the Race Was Run.” Experience Music Project & IASPMconference. New York, NY.
Critic. Author Meets Critics panel for Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York’s Urban Underground.
American Sociological Association. New York, NY.
“Slumming and the Reproduction of Prestige.” The Politics of Cultural Production panel, American Sociological Association. Las Vegas, NV.
“Recognition and Renown in Rap Music: Tracing Reputation Through Aesthetic Conventions.” American Sociological Association. Atlanta, GA.
(With Mark A.Pachucki)
“Omnivorousness: Taste, Participation, or Attitude?” American Sociological Association. Atlanta, GA. (With Katherine Everhart)
“Aesthetic networks: Meaning structures and peer evaluations in rap music.” International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA),
aka “Sunbelt.” Riva delGarda, Italy. (With Mark A. Pachucki.)
“Press Kits and the Myth of Professional Autonomy.” Jobs, Occupations andProfessions session.
American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.
“Classification of Music Types and Trajectories.” Classification in the Arts andMedia.
Erasmus University. Rotterdam, NL. (With Richard A. Peterson)
“Intellectuals Do Not Have Aesthetic Experiences.” Popular Culture andCommunications Panel, Culture Section Anniversary Symposium.
Harvard University. Boston, MA.
“The Professional Tastes of Music Critics.” The Production of Culture and the Artspanel. Social
Science History Association. Miami, FL.
“Are Music Genres Viable in Emerging Media Worlds?” Exploring New MediaWorlds: Changing Technologies, Industries,
Cultures and Audiences in Global andHistorical Context. Texas A&M University. College Station, TX. (With Richard A.Peterson)
Discussant. Arts and Culture panel. Inter-Ivy Sociology Symposium. Princeton University. Princeton, NJ.
“Festival City: The Ecology of a Creative City.” Place, Space, and the Making ofIdentity.
Social Science History Association. Chicago, Il. (With Jonathan Wynn)
“Mapping Music Genre Trajectories.” Plenary Session. Research Network, Sociology for the Arts conference of the
European Sociological Association. Lueneberg, DE. (With Richard A. Peterson)
“The Creative Campus: An Emerging Agenda for Higher Education.” Annualmeeting of the Social
Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference. New York, NY.
“Resources and Phases in Music Genre Formation.” New Trends in the Sociology of the Arts panel.
American Sociological Association. New York, NY.
“Diffusion and Sub-genre Formation: Adoption of New Practices in Rap SamplingNetworks.” Social
Science History Association. Montreal, QC, Canada.
“Festival City: Preliminary Thoughts on Studying Nashville’s Signature Event.” Divided Cities: Second Annual Conference of the
Berlin-New York Transatlantic Graduate College, Columbia University. New York, NY. (With Jonathan Wynn)
“Immigrant Arts Participation and Social Capital: A Pilot Study of Nashville Artists.” New Latino Immigrant Destinations panel.
American Sociological Association. Montreal, QC, Canada. (With Daniel Cornfield)
“Community Boundaries in Art Genres: The Use of Samples in Rap Music.” Workon Networks panel.
Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics. Budapest,Hungary.
“Racial Tourism in Rap: Voyeurism and Authenticity.” Experience Music ProjectPop Conference. Seattle, WA.
“Innovation and Public Policy: Commercial Rap Music, 1979-1995.” Arts and Media Industries panel, Arts and
Cultural Policy Mini-Conference. EasternSociological Society. Washington, D.C.
“Immigrant Arts in Nashville.” Engaging Art: Working Meeting of Authors and Advisors Conference,
Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN. (With Daniel Cornfield)
“Organizing the Dilemma of Innovation: Authenticity in Rap Music.” Creativity, Innovation, and
Ideas panel. American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.
“Sonic Networks: Economic, Stylistic, and Expressive Dimensions of Rap Music, 1979-1995.” Sociology of Music
Mini-Conference. Emory University. Atlanta, GA.
“Why is Saddam Hussein rapping for the CIA?” Society in the Age of Intelligent Machines Conference. Buffalo, NY.
Discussant. Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
“Subcontracting to Absorb Innovation: Rap Music and the Birth of New Musical Genres.”
Sociology of Culture panel. American Sociological Association. Anaheim,CA.
“Postmodern Pathways: Links to Success in the Rap World.” Sociology of Culture roundtables.
American Sociological Association. Washington, DC.
“Rapping Up the Charts: Achievement and Influence Among Rap Artists.”
The Culture Society panel. International Sociological Association. Barcelona, SP.
“Rap and Relationships: Network Analysis of the Structure of an Art World.”
The Cultural Politics of Contemporary Music panel. Eastern Sociological Society. Baltimore, MD.
“Matching Mobilization Strategies with Elements of Religious Rights Discourse.” Sociology of
Religion roundtables. American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.
“Promise Keepers in Perspective: Organizational Characteristics and Men’s Movements.”
Collective Behavior and Social Movements roundtables. American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.
(With Amy Schindler)
“The Limits of Wealth: Social Action Against the Roman Catholic Church byWomen.” Sociology of Religion roundtables.
American Sociological Association. Toronto, ONT, Canada. (With Hugh F. Lena)
Principles and Practices in Arts Administration (g)
Principles and Practices in Arts Administration: Performing Arts (g) Cultural Policy (g)
Institutional Analysis in Organizations (u) Senior Thesis Seminar (u)
Culture in America (u, g)
The Culture Industry (u, g)
The Sociology of Culture (u, g)
Sociology of Culture II: Production and Institutions (u, g) Introduction to Sociology (u)
The Sociology of Hip Hop and Rap Music (u)
The Social Construction of Hip Hop and Rap Music (u) Mass Media and PopularCulture (u)
Evaluation of Evidence (u) Popular Culture Dynamics (u)
Survey Seminar in Cultural Sociology (g)
Cultural Organizations (u, g)
Undergraduate Theses Directed
Andrea Aractingi; Emily Arsen; Noura Ayria; Katherine Estabrook;Shalei Holway; Zahra Khwaja; Elizabeth Miller;
Jennifer Piperno; Francesca Roe; Yuxi Wang.
Jessica Cui; Jaclyn D’Aversa; Genesis Garcia; Alexandra Gartenberg; Sophia Jones; Elaina Joyner; Katherine Scully.
External Reviewer. Zoe Bridges-Curry. Swarthmore College.
Melanie Kowalski. Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP).
Master’s Theses Directed
2015 All Teachers College, Columbia University; Arts Administration
Mary Larew, “Artist Residencies in Relationship: Supporting Artistic Practice in Community.”
Michele Baer, “Creatively and Critically Making Place: Community-Based Art Projects and the Politics of Belonging
Amid Neighborhood Change.”
Alysha Dixon, “Diversity Through the Museum Lens: A Study Examining the Hiring Practices of Museums in the North Eastern
United States and What That Meansfor Staff Diversity.”
Alyssa Foster, “Innovation in Orchestral Programming as a Tool for Audience Development.”
Donald Borror, “Dancing Inside the Institution: Examining Labor Relations Within Major Dance Companies.”
Hannah Fenlon, “You’re Invited: An Exploration Of How Theatre Organizations Balance Artistic Excellence, Inclusivity, And
Institutional Priorities When Producing Co-Creative Programming.”
Julia Foxworth, “Curating Hype: An Analysis of the New York Art World’s Boutique Public Relations Agencies.”
Lina Alfonso, “‘Independent’ Art Spaces in Bogota: Practices, funding and collaboration of four art spaces.”
Maria Riofrio-Flores, “The tension between financial sustainability and community accessibility in private Museums in Lima.”
Matthew Lenzi, “Audience Growth? There’s an App for That!: How Nonprofit Theatre Companies in NYC are Making Use of Digital,
Mobile, and Social Technology.”
Polina Dubik, “Music Programming in Visual Arts Institutions: Formats, Goals and Perspectives.”
Veronica Fishmann, “Playing with the Planning Process: An Investigation into How Producers Make Programmatic
Decisions at Nonprofit Music Festivals.”
2014 All Teachers College, Columbia University; Arts Administration
Catherine Bloxsom, “Mobile Museums.”
Woody Shaw, “Thinking Ahead: The Changing Dynamics of Legal and Business
Relations Among Copyright Holders in the Music Business.”
Geraldine Fabris, “International Collaboration: Partnerships between US Museums and Arts Institutions and
Professionals in Emerging Countries.”
Oscar Ardila, “The Role of the Manager in the Classical Music Industry Since the
Creation of Social Media.”
Pearl Kermani, “Millennial Engagement in Not For Profit Theatre.”
Nicole Saint, “Displaying Identity in an Increasingly Multicultural Landscape: Implications for Culturally
Specific Museums in Los Angeles.”
Raphael Miles. “Reimagining the Rust Belt: Constructing aContemporary Identity with New Museum Buildings.”
Teachers College, Columbia University; Arts Administration.
Chair. Carly Rush. “Informally Qualified: Justifying Qualificationsfor Employment in Creative Industries.”
Vanderbilt University; Sociology. 2008
Sarah Glynn. “Doing what you’ve got to do: The role of workingconditions on musicians’ work behaviors.”
Vanderbilt University, Sociology.
Jonathan Cochran. “Sometimes you can’t make it on your own:Work arrangement and co-worker relations.”
Vanderbilt University, Sociology.
Jerome Hendricks. University of Illinois, Chicago, Sociology.
Barbara Lister-Sink. “A Mixed Methods Study of Students’Perceptions of an Interdisciplinary Method for Teaching
Injury-Preventive Piano Technique.” Ed.D,. Teachers College, Columbia University.
Linda D’Agostino. “Teacher Attitudes Toward Visual Arts EducationIdentification of Artistically Gifted Students.” Ed.D.,
Teachers College, Columbia University.
Stephanie J. Phillips. “”The Stage and the Dance in Medias Res: An Ethnographic Study of Ideologies Associated with Tradition
and Continuity in a French Ballet Academy in the United States.” Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.
Chair. George Sanders. “'Late' Capital: Contemporary American Deathways.” Vanderbilt University; Sociology.
Assistant Professor at Oakland University.
Steve Lee. “Musical Stratification: Explaining the Aesthetic Mobility of Music Genres”.” Vanderbilt University, Sociology.
Adjunct Professorand Senior Institutional Research Analyst at Chapman University.
Ken Spring. “The Regularization of Risk in Music Scenes.” Vanderbilt University, Sociology. Associate Professor and
Associate Dean for Academics for the College of Arts and Sciences at Belmont University.
Elected & Advisory Positions
2015-17 Chair-Elect, Chair. Sociology of Culture Section. ASA.
2015-18 Editorial Board Member. Poetics.
2014-17 Editorial Board Member. Contemporary Sociology.
2011- Editorial Board Member. Sociology Compass
2013 Committee Member. Clifford Geertz Article Prize Committee, ASACulture Section
2010-11 Culture Reviews Editor. Contexts Magazine.
2009-11 Editorial Board Member. Social Forces.
2008-11 Elected Secretary-Treasurer (COO). Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association.
2008-10 Network Co-Chair. Culture Section, Social Science History Association.
2008 Member. Informal Working Group on Festivals, National Endowmentfor the Arts.
2008 Committee Member. Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, EasternSociological Association Best Book Prize.
2004-5 Committee Member. Sociology of Culture Section Nominations Committee. American Sociological Association.
Panel Organizer. “Popular Culture.” Regular Session, American Sociological Association. Seattle, WA.
Conference Co-Organizer. Experience Music Project Pop Music Conference. Seattle, WA.
Panel Organizer. “Popular Culture, I & II” Regular Session,American Sociological Association. New York, NY.
2012, 2008, 2004
Discussant. American Sociological Association.
Panel Organizer. “The Aesthetics of Politics,” Politics, Criticism and the Arts Conference. Vanderbilt University.
2010, 2009,2008, 2006
Discussant. Social Science History Association.
Workshop Organizer. Culture and Creativity Workshop, Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University.
Regular Session Organizer. “Popular Culture,” American Sociological Association. Boston, MA.
Discussant. “Engaging Art.” Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise andPublic Policy and the Wallace Foundation.
Panel Organizer. “Arts and Media Industries,” Arts and Cultural Policy Mini- Conference, Eastern Sociological Society. Washington, D.C.
Roundtable Organizer. “Open Submission Refereed Roundtables,” American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, PA.
(With Richard A. Peterson)
American Journal of Sociology American Sociological Review Bloomsbury Academic
City College of New York’s Internal
Research Award Program
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Future of Music Coalition
Gender and Society
Journal of Management Studies Journal of Popular Music Studies Mobilization
Organization Studies Oxford University Press Poetics
Princeton University Press
Radical Society Routledge Social Forces
Socio-Economic Review Sociological Perspectives Sociological Theory
The Sociological Quarterly Theory, Culture and Society University of Alabama Press W.W. Norton
Work and Occupations
National Science Foundation
New York University Press
College and University Service
External member, Department of Sociology Search Committee(LGBTQ scholar)
2014 &15 Committee to review Doctoral Research Fellowship Applications
2014 Provost’s Intellectual Property Working Group
2013-5 A&H Department Working Group on Diversity
2014 Faculty Sponsor. Student Advocates for the Arts
2009-10 Sociology Undergraduate Task Force
2008-9 Graduate Program Committee
2006-7 Faculty Recruitment Committee
2006-7 Community Giving Campaign Allocations Committee
2005-6 Undergraduate Program Committee
2004-9 Faculty Advisor. Sustained Dialogue
2004-5 Ripple in the Pond Scholarship Award Committee
2003-5 Department Colloquium Committee
2002-3 Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies. Department of Sociology.
1999-2001 Seminar Coordinator. Graduate Professionalization Seminar. Department of Press Coverage Sociology.
Interviews and coverage by various campus, national, and international pressincluding the New York Times,
Chicago Tribune, Pacific Standard Magazine,Billboard Magazine, The Tennessean, Richmond Times-Dispatch,
Freakonomics, Daily Beast, Nashville Scene, The Society Pages, Createquity, The Digest,Macdeonian Hip Hop.