Victor P. Corona, Ph.D.


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

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Sociology, Paul McGhee Division, New York University (2014 - )
Sociology, Hofstra University (2012 - )
Social Sciences, Fashion Institute of Technology (2013-2014)
Technology Management, Polytechnic Institute of New York University (2011-2012)
Sociology, Columbia University (2009-2011)


Downtown Superstars: Inside Three Generations of New York Fame examines social and aesthetic lineages among Andy Warhol’s Factory Superstars, Michael Alig’s Club Kids, Lady Gaga’s downtown collaborators, and New York culture today. 

I have interviewed Michael Alig, 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), Ladyfag, Becka Diamond, Susanne Bartsch, Steve Lewis, Fenton Bailey (World of Wonder), Keoki, James St. James, Richie Rich, Kenny Kenny, Amanda Lepore, Astro Erle, Kabuki Starshine, Flloyydd, Sophia Lamar, Walt Cassidy (Waltpaper), Desi Santiago (Desi Monster), Ernie Garcia (Ernie Glam), Lollipop, Christopher Comp, Zaldy, Miss Guy, Rob Roth, Linda Simpson, Sushi, Artie Hach, Armen Ra, JoJo Americo, Perfidia, Penny Arcade, and the Warhol Superstars Holly Woodlawn, Bibbe Hansen, Jane Forth, Ultra Violet, and Billy Name, among many others.

My book project was discussed in the New York Times profile of Alig following his release in May 2014.


Panelist, “Music, Fashion, and the Power of (Queer) Nightlife,” American Studies Association, Los Angeles, November 2014, organized by Madison Moore

Organizer and Moderator, “Style, Sexuality, and Spectacle,” NYU, October 2014, with Patricia Field, Bibbe Hansen, Andrew Barret Cox.

Organizer and Moderator, “Downtown Style and the Look of Nightlife,” FIT, March 2014, with Miss Guy, Darian Darling, Andrew Barret Cox.

Moderator, “The Pleasure Ritual,” THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice, The Museum of Arts and Design, November 2013

Organizer and Moderator, “Auras, Apps, ARTPOP: A Gaga Discussion at FIT,” FIT, November 2013 with Kristin Lieb (Emerson), Roland Betancourt (Yale), Alexander Cavaluzzo (FIT)


“The Golden Kid.” (in Spanish) Crom Magazine. (cover story / profile of Michael Alig).

My Summer with Michael Alig. BlackBook Magazine.

(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.), p. 179-195.

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 SpotNew 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.

Peace of Candy. The New Inquiry. See also: The Dreamland of Candy Darling. PopMatters.

Born Superstars. Gaga Stigmata.

Mugler She Wrote. FLATT Magazine.

Cherry Vanilla and Other Pop Flavors. FLATT Magazine.

Gaga Studies. PopMatters.
• See also Will It Stay or Will It Go? The Eye and Those Flashing Lights. PopMatters.

Gotham and the Glitter Way. Gaga Stigmata.

Gloom and Glamour in Gotham. Magazine Americana.

Review: Twisted Pair: Marcel Duchamp/Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum. Culture Machine.

(with Thomas KiedrowskiSeeing the Light: An Interview with Ultra Violet. New York Art Beat.


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 three performance nights in Manhattan.



(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.

Review: The Little House That Could. PopMythology.

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.


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 StrategyTheory, 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.


Sexuality and Society (lecture)
Sociology of Gender (lecture, seminar)
Introductory Sociology (lecture)
Modern Urban Culture (independent study)
Gender, Media, and Fame (independent study)
Creativity and Innovation in New York Culture (honors seminar)
Youth, Crisis, and Culture (lecture)
The Family (lecture)
Sociology of Culture (seminar)
Social Media (seminar)
The Culture Industry (lecture
American Society (lecture)
Organizations in Modern Society (seminar)


The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Daily Beast
Paper Magazine
BlackBook (“Goodnight Mr. Lewis” column by Steve Lewis)
BlackBook (Press for “Wearable Art from Warhol to Westwood”)
Mute Magazine
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
The Last Magazine
Nederlands Dagblad
Spex Magazin
The California Aggie
The Eye
The Columbia Spectator


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)