Ph.D. (2009), M.Phil. (2007), M.A. (2006) in Sociology, Columbia University
Certificate (2007) in Organizational Performance Management, Georgetown University
B.A. (2003) in Sociology, Yale University
FACULTY / POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTMENTS
Department of Social Sciences, Fashion Institute of Technology (2013 - )
Department of Sociology, Hofstra University (2012-2013)
Department of Technology Management, Polytechnic Institute of New York University (2011-2012)
Department of Sociology, Columbia University (2009-2011)
As a sociologist interested in urban culture, my book examines social and aesthetic lineages among Andy Warhol and the Factory Superstars, Michael Alig and the Club Kids, Lady Gaga and her early downtown collaborators, and New York culture today.
I have carried out ethnographic fieldwork since 2011 and have visited Michael Alig ten times at Elmira Correctional Facility. I have interviewed Lady Starlight, Marla Weinhoff (Haus of Gaga), Brendan Jay Sullivan (DJ Vh1), Justin Tranter (Semi Precious Weapons), Breedlove, Darian Darling, Chew Fu, Marty E. (Dirty Pearls), Anna Copa Cabanna, Jocelyn Saldana, Ladyfag, Becka Diamond, James St. James, Richie Rich, Kenny Kenny, Amanda Lepore, Astro Erle, Sophia Lamar, Walt Cassidy (formerly Waltpaper), Desi Santiago (formerly Desi Monster), Ernie Garcia (formerly Ernie Glam), Lollipop, Christopher Comp, Lila Wolfe, Zaldy, Susanne Bartsch, Steve Lewis, Michael T, Miss Guy, Johnny Dynell, Scotto, Linda Simpson, Codie Ravioli, Sushi, Artie Hach, Armen Ra, JoJo Americo, Perfidia, Paul Alexander, Derrick Xtravaganza, Penny Arcade, Jennifer Blowdryer, Robert Heide, and the Warhol Superstars Bibbe Hansen, Jane Forth, Ultra Violet, and Billy Name, among others. I have also interviewed new cultural producers like Lisa Brubaker, Andrew Barret Cox, Orazio Rispo, Kerin Rose Weinberg, and Tracey B. Wilson, whose ongoing projects are related to my book’s themes.
I presented my book research for the first time alongside J. Jack Halberstam at NYU in December 2012. In November 2013 I moderated a panel at the Museum of Arts and Design’s nightlife conference as well as an in-class panel on ARTPOP at FIT.
• PUBLICATIONS RELATED TO BOOK:
(with Greg Mania) Fashion’s Club Past & Future. Creem Magazine.
Prison and Pop. Music and Law (Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Vol. 18). (Mathieu Deflem, ed.), forthcoming.
Memory, Monsters, and Lady Gaga. Journal of Popular Culture 46(4): 725–744.
Occupy, Gaga. Social Text.
The Techno-Magic of Darian Darling. Vitrine: a printed museum 1(2).
Showtime for Anna Copa Cabanna. Vitrine: a printed museum 1(2).
The Art World’s Blonde Spot. New York Art Beat.
A Starlight Review. Vitrine: a printed museum 1(1).
Empire Girl. Vitrine: a printed museum 1(1).
Road to a Brave New World. Vitrine: a printed museum 1(1).
Inspired Identities and the Imagination of Jane Forth. New York Art Beat.
What Lies in Her Wake. Gaga Stigmata.
Feeding the Future: Bibbe Hansen and the Finding of Fluxus. New York Art Beat.
Fragments of Fashion’s Future by Nicola Formichetti. New York Art Beat.
The Beautiful Memories of Veronica Ibarra. New York Art Beat.
Star Gazes: Re-performing Warhol’s Screen Tests. New York Art Beat.
Starry Nightlife. New York Art Beat.
Born Superstars. Gaga Stigmata.
Mugler She Wrote. FLATT Magazine.
Cherry Vanilla and Other Pop Flavors. FLATT Magazine.
Gotham and the Glitter Way. Gaga Stigmata.
Gloom and Glamour in Gotham. Magazine Americana.
EVENT CURATION / PRODUCTION
I have produced a stage adaptation of the Valerie Solanas SCUM Manifesto in collaboration with the actress Jocelyn Saldana and a forum on wearable art in response to the Metropolitan Museum’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition. As parts of an ongoing performance series produced in collaboration with Lady Starlight and Jason Martin, I have also curated two performance nights in Manhattan. Participants in these events have included academics, writers, performers, the former Club Kids Ernie Glam and Lollipop, and downtown stars Breedlove, Darian Darling, and Leo Gugu, among others.
WRITING ON CULTURE
(with Frédéric C. Godart) Network-domains in Combat and Fashion Organizations. Organization 17(2): 283-304.
Voices and Visions of Lower Manhattan: Organizing Civic Expression in Post-9/11 Public Hearings. Journal of Civil Society 3(2): 119-135.
The Bursting Grids of Steven Bindernagel. TWELV Magazine.
The Other Pop. New York Art Beat.
Anna Evans Is Not Dead! Vitrine: a printed museum 1(2).
The Kost of Transformation. New York Art Beat.
Hally McGehean’s Laminated Luxe. New York Art Beat.
Electric LaChapelle. New York Art Beat.
Kelly Cutrone: Televising Her Revolution. PopMatters.
Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives (Brendan Jay Sullivan, 2013). PopMythology.
The Star as Icon: Celebrity in the Age of Mass Consumption (Daniel Herwitz, 2008). Social Semiotics 21(1): 145-146.
America’s Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy (Suzanne Loebl, 2010). PopMatters.
Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity (Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, 2010). PopMatters.
Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Karen Beckman, 2010). PopMatters.
The Music Instinct: How Music Works, and Why We Can’t Do Without It (Philip Ball, 2010). PopMatters.
The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol (John Wilcock, Christopher Trela, ed., 2010). PopMatters.
Andy Warhol (Arthur C. Danto, 2009). Journal of American Culture 33(2): 156-157.
The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (Paul McDonald & Janet Wasko, eds., 2008). Film & History 39(1): 87-88.
WRITING ON ORGANIZATIONS AND THE MILITARY
Career Patterns in the U.S. Army Officer Corps. Public Organization Review 11(2): 109-134.
Career Rhythms of United States Army Officers, 1870-1960. Doctoral dissertation.
(with Harrison C. White & Frédéric C. Godart) Produire en contexte d’incertitude. La construction des identités et des liens sociaux dans les marchés. Sciences de la Société 73: 17-39.
(with Harrison C. White & Frédéric C. Godart) Mobilizing Identities: Control and Uncertainty in Strategy. Theory, Culture and Society 24(7-8): 181-202.
• Reprint: Stewart R. Clegg (ed.). 2009. SAGE Directions in Organization Studies. SAGE Publications.
Possibilities for Partnerships? The Minerva Controversy. Social Science Research Council.
Political Sociology and U.S.-Latin America Relations: Rhetorics or Research? American Sociological Association Political Sociology Section Newsletter 11(4): 12-13.
Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics (Joyce Purnick, 2009). Journal of Urban Affairs 32(5): 647-648.
Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea and on the Ground (Robert D. Kaplan, 2007). Armed Forces & Society 35(4): 754-756.
The War Diaries: An Anthology of Daily Wartime Diary Entries Throughout History (Irene & Alan Taylor, eds., 2004). Journal of Military History 71(3): 972-975.
From Warfare to Welfare: Defense Intellectuals and Urban Problems in America (Jennifer S. Light, 2003). Acta Sociologica 49(4): 467-469.
Introduction to Sociology (fall 2013 lecture)
Creativity and Innovation in New York Culture (fall 2013 honors seminar)
Youth, Crisis, and Culture (fall 2013 lecture)
The Family (spring 2013 lecture)
Sociology of Gender (fall 2012, spring 2013, spring 2014 lecture)
Sociology of Culture (summer 2011 seminar)
Social Media (spring 2011 seminar)
The Culture Industry (spring 2011 lecture)
American Society (fall 2010 lecture)
Organizations in Modern Society (summer 2009 seminar)
The Washington Post
BlackBook (“Goodnight Mr. Lewis” column by Steve Lewis)
BlackBook (Press for “Wearable Art from Warhol to Westwood”)
Hyperallergic (MAD nightlife conference)
Hyperallergic (Nightlife screen tests)
The Hofstra Chronicle
Interviewee, Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (documentary film, 2014)
Fresh Beats (International Association for the Study of Popular Music)
Minding the Campus (Center for the American University, The Manhattan Institute)
National Association of Scholars
WarholStars.org (Commentary by playwright Robert Heide)
The California Aggie
The Columbia Spectator
HONORS AND FUNDING AWARDS
Peter Rollins Grant for Early-Career Faculty, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference (2012)
Co-Principal Investigator, Seed Grant: Innovation and Identity in Cultural Fields, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University (2010-2011)
Charles Tilly Memorial Scholarship Prize, Department of Sociology, Columbia University (2009)
Elise M. Boulding Award, American Sociological Association Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict (2008)
Consortium Research Fellowship, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, awarded by Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (2007-2008)
Fox International Fellowship, Yale University Center for International and Area Studies (2003-2004)
B. Edward Bensinger III ‘51 Prize, Yale University (2003)
George E. Pataki ‘67 Scholarship Trust Award for Public Service, Yale Westchester Alumni Association (2002)
Managing Curator, Vitrine: a printed museum (2012)
Contributor, New York Art Beat (2010-2012)