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Lena, Jennifer
Associate Professor of Arts Administration
Program Director, Arts Administration, Courtesy Appointment in Sociology, Chair-elect, Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association
Arts & Humanities

Office:
413B Zankel

Office Hours:
By appointment

Educational Background

Columbia University

Ph.D. Sociology, 2003


M.A., M.Phil, 1999

Exams in Social Theory, Methodology, French Language, Sociology of Culture


Colgate University

B.A., Sociology/Anthropology (Honors), English, 1996

Scholarly Interests

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).

Her research on music has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Poetics, and American Behavioral Scientist; and has been reprinted in texts dedicated to highlighting excellence in social science methods, hip-hop scholarship, and the sociology of culture. Dr. Lena has helped to generate over $4.2 million in grants since 1999, including recent grants from the Booth-Ferris Foundation, the Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Warhol Foundation to study the closure of famed New York gallery Exit Art. She serves on the boards of three scholarly journals and co-edits a book series, Culture and Economic Life with Greta Hsu and Fred Wherry, published by Stanford University Press.  Lena is reputed to be the first sociologist to commission a Grammy-nominated album: Hilos (composer: Gabriela Frank; performed by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; released in 2010 by Naxos Records).

Selected Publications

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 Sciences2nd 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

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Education

2003                     Columbia University

Ph.D. Sociology

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.


Employment

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

Additional Appointments

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) 

Publications


Book Series Editor

2014-                    
Culture and Economic Life. Co-edited by Frederick Wherry, Jennifer C. Lena, and Greta Hsu. Stanford University Press.


Books

2012                     
Lena, Jennifer CBanding 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

2014                      
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.

2013                      
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.

2011                      
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.

2010                      
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.

2008           
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.

2007           
Lena, Jennifer  C. “Measures of Diversity: Lessons from Rap Music,1979-1995.” Studi Culturali. Vol. 1: 137-160.

2006          
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.).

2009. 
Perspectives in Social Research Methods and Analysis: A Reader for Sociology. Sage.

2004           
Lena,  Jennifer  C. “Meaning  and  Membership:  Samples  in Rap  Music,  1979  to 1995.” Poetics. Vol. 32 (3-4): 297-310.

2000          
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.


Book Chapters

Forth-coming

2015

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.

2013           
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.

2011          
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.

2008           
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.

 

Encyclopedia Entries

2015          
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

2015          
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.

2013          
Lena, Jennifer  C.  January/February  2013. “A Visit From TheCredibility Squad.” Pacific Standard. Pgs. 32-35.

2009          
Lena, Jennifer C. and Peter Levin. “Valuing Art.” Contexts. Vol. 8 (2):60-62.

2003          
Lena, Jennifer C.  “Psyops, Propaganda and Gangsta Rap: Why is  Saddam Hussein rapping for the CIA?” 
Radical Society. Vol. 30 (1): 25-30. 


Research Reports

2014          
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.

2013         
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.

2012          
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.

2011
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.


Book Reviews 

2014          
Lena,   Jennifer   C.   Book   review   of  Music, Style, and Aging: Growing Old Disgracefully?  (By Andy Bennett. 2013.) 
Contemporary  Sociology.  Vol. 43:500-501.

2009           
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. 

2007           
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.

2005           
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.

 
On-Line Essays

November 7, 2012    
“A Mix-Tape for Our President.” Princeton University Press Election 101 Blog. 
http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2012/11/07/a-mix-tape-for- our-president/.

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. 
http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2012/05/01/campaign-songs-and- campaign-wrongs/.

April 11, 2012            
“Political (Dis)chord?” Princeton University Press Election101 Blog. 
http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2012/04/11/political-dischord- jennifer-lena-talks-political-branding-through-song/.

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

Books

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.


A
rticles & 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. 


Research Grants 

2014                 
“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).

2013-4              
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).

2008-12            

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).

2010                 
Visiting  Professor.   Advertising  Educational  Foundation.  Host: DDB  Worldwide ($3,500).


2009-10             
(with Jonathan Neufeld) “Music, Authority  and Community.” Vanderbilt  University Research Scholars Grant, 
Collaborative InterdisciplinaryResearch Grants program ($49,840). 

2008-9               
(with Jonathan Neufeld, Joy Calico, and Gabriela Frank)Incubation Group: Music in the Americas. Vanderbilt University, 
Center for theAmericas ($25,000).

2008-9              
Competitive grant for extension of sabbatical. Vanderbilt University (c. $27,000).

2007-8              

(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).

2006                 
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) 
http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2013/01/25/jennifer-lena-interview-about-book-banding- together/

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.

 

Invited Lectures

 2015

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.

2014

“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

2013

“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.

2012

“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.


2011

“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.

2010

“Never Mind the Bullocks: Here’s the Formal Sociologist.”
Politics, Economy and Culture Workshop. Indiana University.

 
2009

“Notes on Music in the Digital Age.”
Thematic  Session:  “Commerce,  Creativity,  and  Community  in  the  Digital Age.”  American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.

2008

“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.

2007

“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.

2006

“Music Social Movements: Rap.” McGill Hall Hours, Vanderbilt University. Convocation Series, Belmont University.

2005

“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.

 2004

“Keepin’ It Real & Getting’ Paid: Commercial Culture and Authenticity in RapMusic.”
Keynote speaker at Sociology Majors and Minors Association. Vanderbilt University.

2002

“Case Making and Breaking: Meaning in Rap Career Sequences.”
Keynote speaker at Annual Sociology Symposium. Providence College. Providence, RI.


Conference Presentations

2015

“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.

2014

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.

2012

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 Yorks Urban Underground
American Sociological Association. New York, NY.


2011

“Slumming and the Reproduction of Prestige.” The Politics of Cultural Production panel, American Sociological Association. Las Vegas, NV.


2010

“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.)

2009

“Press Kits and the Myth of Professional Autonomy.” Jobs, Occupations andProfessions session.
American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA.


2008

“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.


2007

“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.


2006

“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)


2005

“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)


2004

“Organizing  the  Dilemma  of  Innovation:  Authenticity  in  Rap  Music.” Creativity,  Innovation,  and
Ideas panel. American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA. 

 

2003

“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.


2001

“Subcontracting to Absorb Innovation: Rap Music and the Birth of New Musical Genres.” 
Sociology of Culture panel. American Sociological Association. Anaheim,CA.

2000

“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.


1998

“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)


1997

“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)

 

Teaching


Courses Taught

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

2013                
Andrea Aractingi; Emily Arsen; Noura Ayria; Katherine Estabrook;Shalei Holway; Zahra  Khwaja;  Elizabeth  Miller;  
Jennifer  Piperno;  Francesca  Roe;  Yuxi Wang. 

2012                 
Jessica  Cui;  Jaclyn  D’Aversa;  Genesis  Garcia;  Alexandra Gartenberg;  Sophia Jones; Elaina Joyner; Katherine Scully.

2009                
External Reviewer. Zoe Bridges-Curry. Swarthmore College.

2007                
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.”
 

2013                  
Raphael Miles. “Reimagining  the Rust Belt: Constructing  aContemporary  Identity with New Museum Buildings.” 
Teachers College, Columbia University; Arts Administration.

2011                 
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.

2008                  
Jonathan Cochran. “Sometimes you can’t make it on your own:Work arrangement and co-worker relations.” 
Vanderbilt University, Sociology.


Dissertation Committees

Est. 2016
Jerome Hendricks. University of Illinois, Chicago, Sociology.

2015              
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.

2014            
Linda D’Agostino. “Teacher Attitudes Toward Visual Arts EducationIdentification of Artistically Gifted Students.” Ed.D., 
Teachers College, Columbia University.    

2014              
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.    

2008              
Chair.  George   Sanders.   “'Late'   Capital:   Contemporary   American   Deathways.” Vanderbilt University; Sociology.
Assistant Professor at Oakland University.

2007              
Steve  Lee.  “Musical  Stratification:   Explaining   the  Aesthetic  Mobility  of  Music Genres”.” Vanderbilt University, Sociology. 
Adjunct Professorand Senior Institutional Research Analyst at Chapman University.

2006              
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.


Service


E
lected & Advisory Positions

2015-17     Chair-Elect, Chair. Sociology of Culture Section. ASA.

2015-18     Editorial Board MemberPoetics.

2014-17     Editorial Board MemberContemporary Sociology.

2011-         Editorial Board MemberSociology Compass

2013           Committee Member. Clifford Geertz Article Prize Committee, ASACulture Section

2010-11     Culture Reviews Editor. Contexts Magazine.

2009-11     Editorial Board MemberSocial 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.

 

Conference-related work

2016                 
Panel   Organizer.   “Popular   Culture.”   Regular   Session,   American   Sociological Association. Seattle, WA.

2014-5              
Conference   Co-Organizer.   Experience   Music   Project   Pop   Music   Conference. Seattle, WA.

2013                 
Panel Organizer. “Popular Culture, I & II” Regular Session,American Sociological Association. New York, NY.

2012, 2008, 2004
Discussant. American Sociological Association. 

2010                 
Panel  Organizer.  “The  Aesthetics  of  Politics,”  Politics, Criticism  and  the  Arts Conference. Vanderbilt University.

2010, 2009,2008, 2006

Discussant. Social Science History Association.

2009-10            

Workshop  Organizer.  Culture  and  Creativity  Workshop,  Curb  Center  for  Arts, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University.

2008                 
Regular Session Organizer. “Popular Culture,” American Sociological Association. Boston, MA.


2005                  
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)

 

Manuscript review 

American Journal of Sociology American Sociological Review Bloomsbury Academic

City College of New York’s Internal

Research Award Program

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies

Cultural Sociology

Ethnography

First Monday

Future of Music Coalition

Gender and Society

Journal of Management Studies Journal of Popular Music Studies Mobilization

 

Organization Studies Oxford University Press Poetics

Polity Press

Princeton University Press

Radical Society Routledge Social Forces

Social Problems

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

Mobilization

   

 

College and University Service


C
olumbia University

2015-6          
External member, Department of Sociology Search Committee(LGBTQ scholar)


Teache
rs College

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


V
anderbilt University

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 


Columbia University

2002-3           Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies. Department of Sociology.

1999-2001      Seminar   Coordinator.   Graduate   Professionalization   Seminar.   Department of Press Coverage Sociology. 

Press Coverage

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.

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