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University of Teesside, studies consumption
of arts, interested in how socially inclusive
artistic practices and models can be developed.
Also interested in marketisation of higher
*Aaron Ahuvia (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Michigan-Dearborn, studies (a) love in consumer contexts such as products people love, (b) consumption and happiness, and (c) "eBayization" vs. McDonaldization.
*Lauren Alfrey (email@example.com), University of California-Santa Barbara, studies "indie" or "hipster" identity and consumerism, and how these tastes and lifestyle preferences are linked to inequalities of race and class.
Alison Hope Alkon (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of the Pacific, studies farmers markets
in order to learn how social movement goals get
re(articulated) in the context of consumption-based
strategies for social change, and in how such strategies
affect issues of identity, (including race, class,
gender, place and lifestyle).
M. Alexander (email@example.com),
Saint Mary's College, teaches about and researches
consumer culture in the United States with
a particular emphasis on gender identity and
media focusing on the emerging and, at times,
conflicting forms of masculinity.
*Veronika A. Andorfer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Universität Kassel/Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, studies ethical consumption and is interested in research on individual consumption of fair trade products and experimental designs.
Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, Florida),
teaches courses and conducts research on consuming East
and West African images in 20th/21st century cinemas;
representations of African Americans in 21st
century popular cultures; and race, globalization
and popular culture.
University of Maryland at College Park, studies
the burgeoning self-service trend and how it
is affecting various stakeholders in the supermarket
*Patricia Arend (email@example.com), Wesleyan University, studies the relationship between gender and consumer desire via a focus on women and their ideas, fantasies and dreams (or lack thereof) about weddings.
Concordia University-Montreal, investigates consumption
and social distinctions, construction of taste
and self-representation in participatory media
and non-market exchanges of consumer goods. http://zeyneparsel.com/
*Søren Askegaard (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Southern Denmark-Odense, is studying consumer culture as a nexus between the local and the global, currently focusing on contemporary mythologies of bodily and mental health, and the development of food cultural practices.
*Kyle Asquith (email@example.com),
University of Western Ontario, studies children's
advertising and consumer culture with an interest
in both the history of these practices and contemporary
*Lucy Atkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Texas at Austin, studies the politics of consumption, green advertising and sustainable citizenship.
*Tracy Bacon (email@example.com), University of Arizona, focuses her dissertation work on collective consumption and social networks.
Stony Brook University, is working on issues
pertaining to cars and car ownership.
Stephen Bernardini (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Rutgers University-Camden, studies how children
interact with people and products over the
Internet and how children engage with people over the
Internet (such as by playing video games online).
George Mason University, studies youth, culture,
and social inequalities with a particular focus on
the intersection of popular cultural forms
and youth identity projects.
Columbia University, studies children's
expressive practices in school, including the
sociable use of entertainment media such
as portable music and video game players, with
a focus on the media practices by which kids
position themselves in relation to adult bureaucracies
and industries. www.tylerbickford.com
Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany, studies the
historical emergence and appropriation of fitness
and wellness in Germany, with a particular
emphasis on technologies linked to food, cosmetics,
movement and alternative health practices.
*Sam Binkley (email@example.com), Emerson College, studies the intersection of lifestyle practice and the production of subjectivity, typically through the lens of Foucauldian social theory, and is currently writing a book on happiness as neoliberal governmentality.
*Grant Blank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Oxford, UK, studies reviews of consumer
products and the arts emphasizing the production
process that generates the reviews, the various
meanings that consumers attach to reviews, the
credibility and ethics of reviews, and the impact
of reviews on society and culture. http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/?id=177
Lee Blaszczyk (Reggie.Blaszczyk@gmail.com),
visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania,
studies American consumer culture and its relationship
to business, design, and fashion and has just finished
a book on color and consumption. www.imaginingconsumers.com
Bosco (email@example.com ),
Chinese University of Hong Kong,studies economic
development and economic culture in Chinese
societies (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China),
focusing currently on the rise of consumerism
in mainland China.
Cara Bowman, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Boston University, studies the ways that
consumption structures and reproduces race, class
and gender inequalities.
*Gaspar Brändle (email@example.com), Universidad de Murcia (Spain), studies social aspects of consumption, with particular focus on community consumption in a hyperindividualistic era.
Keith Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Saint Joseph's University, studies the construction
of markets for Fair Trade products, focusing on
how individuals are mobilized to consume and how
consumers express their moral identities.
*Nicole Marie Brown (email@example.com), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies consumption and race and consumerism as political protest.
Thomas Burr (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Illinois State University, is researching
markets as a sequence of interactions between the producers
and the consumers of a product, including marketing,
consumer organizations, and product design.
*Sergio A. Cabrera (email@example.com), University of Texas at Austin, studies neoliberal consumer-citizenship and the political economy of consumerism.
New School for Social Research, studies consumption
and the global system, with a particular emphasis
on how new social movements use various forms
of communication to mobilize ethical consumers
as participants in global civil society.
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, studies
the consumer cooperative movement and the corporatization
of "natural foods" as they relate
to contemporary notions of lifestyle consumption,
work organization, and class identity and inequality.
*Gordon C. Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org), Western Illinois University,s tudies the knowledge and discourse that constitute the consumers ociety, such the discourses of college rankings and "high-tuition, high-aid" model of U.S. higher education
* Soma Chaudhuri (email@example.com),
Michigan State University, studies collective violence
and social movements, with a special focus on gender.
K. Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org),
The City College of New York and the Graduate
Center, The City University of New York, has
a book (Enabling
Creative Chaos, University of Chicago Press)
and articles on the development of the organization
behind Burning Man, an annual temporary arts
event that promotes participation and a gift
Bilkent University, studies sociology everyday
life including internet, democracy, gender
studies and sexualities. Most recently focusing
on the sexualites, fashion and gender in non-western
Nichols Clark (email@example.com), University
of Chicago, studies scenes in neighborhoods
and their socio-cultural origins and correlates,
using consumption and lifestyle measures for
40,000 US zip codes, and collaborates with
others internationally on related work. http://www.tnc-newsletter.blogspot.com
Coakley (firstname.lastname@example.org ),
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
(Professor Emeritus), studies sociological
dimensions of sports, leisure, and popular
culture, and constantly revising the text, Sports
in Society: Issues and Controversies.
Lisa Cole (email@example.com), freelance writer and consultant, focuses on ethical consumption, culture, and sustainability and is founder and head writer at 21 Century Nomad, a blog devoted to public sociology. www.nickilisacole.com
Rutgers University-Camden, studies children's
consumer culture (recently food) with particular
emphasis on the interaction between marketing
practice and discourse, the construction of
children as subjects through goods and consumption
and mothers' efforts to balance the two.
*Julie Cowgill (firstname.lastname@example.org), Oklahoma City University, examines children and consumption and commodified experiences as well as gambling as commodified recreational activity.
*Patrick Cox (email@example.com), Rutgers University-Camden, studies children's periodicals as instructive literature and play, popular culture, and a print mode of the marketplace of edutainment.
M. Czerniawski (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Temple University, follows the production process
within modeling agencies that begins with the
woman as she enters into plus-size modeling
and concludes with her transformation into
a product of idealized images.
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*Linden Dalecki (email@example.com),
Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University,
teaches and researches management and marketing
in the entertainment industry, with a particular
focus on Hollywood and Hip-Hop.
Iowa State University, studies the body as a site
of consumption, including fashion, appearance,
dress, and body-related products; with emphasis
on identity, body image, attitudes toward obesity,
C. Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
studies how hip businesses in the 1970s provided
youth consumers with public spaces in which
they absorbed and articulated the legacies
of New-Left identity politics and counterculture. http://history.unc.edu/gradstudents/davis.html
postdoctoral fellow in Sociology and the
Center for the Study of Social Organization
at Princeton University, is interested in
consumption politics, controversies, and
consumer oriented movements, particularly
around food, in the U.S. and Europe.
*Domnique Desjeux (email@example.com), Université Paris Descartes, writes on globalization, consumption in China and the rise of a new, international middle-class.
*Daphne Demetry (firstname.lastname@example.org), studies consumption and foodways with a focus on restaurants.
*Kim De Wolff (email@example.com), University of California San Diego, follows plastic waste to understand relationships between consumption and the environment, especially as manifested in the materiality of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Oberlin College, uses Foucault's work on
governmentality and ethics to study urban
bicycle cooperatives, yet still maintains
his long-standing intellectual romance with
Paddy Dolan (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, studies
the development of consumer culture, sport and
subjectivity in Ireland using the figurational
approach of Norbert Elias. www.dit.ie/paddydolan
*Peter Doran (email@example.com), School of Law, Queens University Belfast, is researching the role of mindfulness and other contemporary forms of askesis in supporting personal and collective responses to the challenges of consumerism and the transition to sustainable consumption. Also interested in the politics of well being and links to critical political economy.
A. Downs (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Illinois, studies women and
consumption with particular focus on leisure
Melanie DuPuis (email@example.com),
UC Santa Cruz, studies the mutually-constitutive
relationships between the politics of production
and the politics of consumption in the United
Ohio State University, studies consumption
as a dimension of social inequality in the
US, with current projects focused on stratification
in housing markets, inequities in neighborhood
retail environments, and rising indebtedness
among young adults.
*Liz Edgecomb (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of South Florida, studies consumer
identity (recently poor, urban, minority, tweens)
with an emphasis on the ways individuals understand
their consumption in relation to close others
such as family and friends.
University of Kansas, studies aging and possessions,
focusing in particular on episodes of "household
disbandment," being the compass of activities
that people undertake to manage and dispose
of possessions when moving from larger to
smaller quarters in later life.
*Fernando Elichirigoity (email@example.com), University of Illinois, studies the production and consumption of financial and business information and the construction of consumer subjectivities through mobile communication technologies.
*Rebecca Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org), UC Berkeley, studies the social organization of so-called "ethical" consumption and its implications for political organizing, with a focus on "green" consumption and the environment.
*Susan Falls (email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org), Savannah College of Art and Design, studies consumption of arts, interested in how studies of material culture can be developed. Also interested in urban studies.
Courtney Feldscher (email@example.com),
Boston University, studies the real estate market
in terms of the social, economic, and cultural
meanings embedded in the concept of "home
in particular, how homeowners' associations develop,
manage, and protect value.
The Graduate Center of the City University
of New York, researches individuals who have
voluntarily chosen to reduce their consumption
levels, including the process of learning
to reduce one's consumption of goods and
the impact of social context of one's reduced
*Betina Freidin (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Buenos Aires and National Council for Research in Sciences and Technology (CONICET, in Spanish), Argentina, researches consumption of alternative medicines among the middle class in Buenos Aires, by looking at the dynamic relationship between self-care and specialized care in the field of Ayurvedic medicine.
*Francesca Forno (email@example.com), Bergamo University, is working on political consumerism with particular concern on the implications (theoretical, methodological and empirical) of the spread of market-based forms of participation for social movements and collective action.
Robert Futrell (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Nevada,Las Vegas,
studies sustainability in the Southwest U.S.,
environment and culture, social
movements, and white power culture.
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de Araujo Gil (email@example.com),
Michigan State University, (currently living
in Singapore), studies how teenagers in other
cultures (Brazil) perceive peer pressure,
social consumption motivation, self concept,
luxury brands and materialism, with particular
emphasis on cross-cultural consumer behavior.
Cornell University, studies controversies
surrounding copyright and new technology,
with an eye for how legal disputes mask
the introduction of technologically-mediated
commercial arrangements, and help reify the
dichotomy between producer and consumer.
SUNY-Potsdam, studies temporary and migrant
workers as both commodities and consumers,
with specific focus on the fees they are
charged by commercial temporary help and
staffing agencies, and other labor brokers.
Myrna Goodman (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Sonoma State University, studies the interrelationships
between food, gender and society.
University of South Florida (Tampa), studies
concerning: sustainable consumption,
parents & children as consumers, poverty
survival, and environmental education (especially
school vegetable gardening).
Peter R. Grahame (email@example.com),
Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill, is
studying the construction of touristic spaces
and experiences in urban and rural settings.
Matt Gregory (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Boston College, is studying the strategic uses
of consumerism by social movements to effect
change, maintain and create activist identity,
and for strategic mobilizations.
*Sonya Grier (email@example.com), American University, studies targeted marketing (both commercial and social) and its influence on consumer behavior, with a focus on social identities including race, ethnicity, age and gender.
*Olga Gurova (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Helsinki, studies clothing consumption and fashion in Russia with the purpose to investigate how organizational structure of consumption (fashion retail market, fashion media) as well as identities, cultural distinctions and everyday consumer practices related to clothes have changed in Russia since the 1990s.
*Michael Haedicke (email@example.com), Drake University, studies the expansion and consolidation of the organic and natural foods industry, with specific interest in how small, independent businesses work to preserve a distinctive character in an increasingly competitive marketplace, as well as "ethical" consumption practices in China.
University of California, San Diego, studies the
expansion and consolidation of the organic and natural
foods industry, with specific interest in how small,
independent businesses work to preserve a distinctive
character in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Bettez Halnon (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Pennsylvania State University, studies transgressive
youth subcultures, heavy metal, 420,
the commodification of dissent, and popular
consumer culture, with particular foci on "Ghetto
Chic," "White Trash Chic," and "Redneck
and Blue Collar Chic" in her forthcoming
book, Poor Chic: Poverty Fads, Fashions,
and Media in Popular Consumer Culture (Worth
*Eugene Halton (email@example.com), University of Notre Dame, writes on the meaning of things, contemporary materialism and techno-culture as brain suck, consumption as socialization, philosophical pragmatism and semiotic, literature as social thought.
University of British Columbia, has conducted
research on China's emerging service sector
and consumer culture, and her future research
will continue to explore the implications of
an emerging consumer culture for structures
of inequality in urban China.
*Danielle Hedegard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Boston College, studies the relationship between consumption and inequality, the creation of racial meanings in consumption, tourism in Brazil, and the consumption of foreign cultural objects in the US.
Technical University Berlin, Institute of Sociology,
Germany, focuses on the consumption of brands
and the culture of consumption and is co-founder
of the working group “AG
R. Hemler (email@example.com),
Rutgers University, studies meaning making
through aberrant social practices such
as compulsive buying.
*Trent Hennessey (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Melbourne Business School, studies people engaged
in self-marketing and personal branding to examine
self commodification and the consumption of identity.
*Joy Crissey Honea (email@example.com),
Montana State University-Billings, studies the
commodification of sport and other cultural forms,
with emphasis on control of cultural production
in a consumer-based, mass-mediated social world.
Elizabeth Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Duke University, is currently investigating
the impact of material aspirations on the timing
of marriage with a focus on homeownership and
"thought piece" about integrating consumption
into life course studies.
*Geoffrey Hunt (email@example.com)
, Institute for Scientific Analysis, studies
youth cultures and consumption including
youth gangs, and the electronic dance music scene,
drugs, and alcohol with a current interest in food,
diet, and body image among adolescent girls.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studies the
intersection of consumption and emotions
and the construction of consumer imagination.
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Julian Jefferies (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Boston College, studies the daily life practices
of recently-arrived immigrant youth, with particular
emphasis on what consumption practices reveal about
transnational identity formation and negotiation
*Art Jipson (email@example.com) University of Dayton, studies extremism, racism, deviance, social movements, popular music industry, commemoration and roadside memorials, Internet community, social media, white collar crime and fraud prevention, and the perception of police television programs.
Brett Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Luther College, studies the voluntary simplicity
movement and the broader discourse on "living simply" in
U.S. society, along with other "lifestyle
movements" that advocate lifestyle action
as tactic of creating social change. www.betterworldhandbook.com.
*Ellis Jones (email@example.com),
Holy Cross College, studies ethical consumerism,
corporate social responsibility, and green lifestyle
movements and is author of The Better World
Shopping Guide. www.betterworldshopper.org
University of Toronto, studies the sociology
of food and ethical consumption, with a particular
focus on the intersection of social movement
projects and corporate discourse.
*Nathan Jurgenson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Maryland, is studying the concept
of prosumption; that is, how we are increasingly
producing that which we consume (and vice versa). nathanjurgenson.com
Wendi Belinda Kane (email@example.com ),
University of Central Florida graduate student,
is interested in the overlap of consumer power,
social movements, and economic and environmental
*Meredith Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Virginia Tech, studies political and ethical consumerism as forms of civic and political participation.
University of Haifa, Israel, studies cultural
consumption, omnivorousness, material consumption,
leisure, and time use with particular emphasis
on the way cultural participation and cultural
tastes are stratified in Western societies. http://www.esa-consumption.org
Kerwin Kaye (email@example.com),
New York University, is currently examining ideas
concerning drug addiction and their relationship
to larger ideologies of consumption.
*Volker Kirchberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany, focuses on the consumption of culture and the culture of consumption, especially with
respect to the arts (museums, galleries, performing arts).
J. Kim (email@example.com),
University of California-Riverside, is undertaking
a dissertation which utilizes a critical media,
feminist, and race analysis on the HBO
series, Sex and the City.
Robert E. Kleine, III (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Ohio Northern University, studies the interplay
of consumption and identity development in the
context of transformational value offerings. http://www2.onu.edu/~r-kleine/research/kleine-research.html
Mikael Klintman (email@example.com),
Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden,
studies preconditions for green, political and
ethical consumerism, by examining consumers as
well as policy instruments, such as labels and
standards, aimed at facilitating a more broad-minded
University of Kansas, studies consumption as
work, specifically women's work in food shopping.
Marina Kogan (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign PhD
student, is interested in home organizing (organization
of domestic space) as a technique of government
and mechanism of creation of 'better' consumer-citizens.
*Sabino Kornrich (email@example.com), Juan March Institute is currently working on a series of papers investigating parents’ monetary investments in children through education and child care in the United States and other countries from the early 1970s to the present day, as well as the extent of and determinants of inequality in these investments.
*Arthur J. Kover (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Emeritus) is conducting research sparked by the
work of Adorno,Maffesoli, and maybe Bauman, on
the organization of and perceived personal
worth of people in this consumer society.
*John Lang (email@example.com), Occidental College, studies the sociology of food, with a particular focus on the intersection of trust and genetically modified food, currently looking at restaurant culture, specifically the role of sound and other sensory stimuli in restaurant fine dining.
Université Laval (Québec), studies
family budgets in historical perspective and
ways of living in contemporary consumer society.
Langman (firstname.lastname@example.org ),
Loyola University, Chicago, studies transgressive
consumption (i.e., Carnival), body modification
and consumer spaces.
is a lecturer in sociology at the University
of California, Berkeley, and president of a
consulting company providing design and analysis
of custom consumer and social science research,
often working with the ‘dark side.’
*Yu Ying Lee (email@example.com),
Yuan Ze University Taiwan, studies consumer
culture and collection with particular emphasis
on the relationship between knowledge/power and
Ecole Nationale des Telecommunications, France,
studies buying and selling at a distance, such
as activity studies in call centres and ecommerce.
Aliaga Linares (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Texas, uses a recent survey conducted
during fieldwork to study the impact of supermarkets
spatial positioning in street markets customers
comparing low income neighborhoods in Lima
and Santiago de Chile.
*Carol Lindquist (Carol.Lindquist@stonybrook.edu), Stony Brook University, studies consumption in regard to home cooking, health, gender, and identity production.
The Ohio State University, is studying public
perceptions about food consumption with a focus
on humane treatment of farm animals.
*Michael A. Long (email@example.com),
Oklahoma State University, studies ethical and
political consumption, primarily in the agro-food
*Janet A. Lorenzen (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Rutgers University, brings together cultural, economic,
and environmental sociology to study how social
change happens at the local level when households "go
green" or restrict their consumption of goods,
energy, and water. http://www.janetlorenzen.com/
*Jeff Lundy, (email@example.com),
University of California-San Diego, studies consumption
from the perspectives of stratification, cultural
sociology, and economic sociology; with particular
interest in household overspending, as well as
cultural omnivorism. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lundyj/Dissertation/
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University of Padova, Italy, studies the processes
of consumption of technologies and artefacts
in the everyday life, with particular reference
to music consumption and to leisure-based and
*Jennifer Smith Maguire (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Leicester (UK), studies the cultural economy of provenance and the work of cultural intermediaries in the premium wine market.
*Amias Maldonado (email@example.com), University of Texas at Austin, studies the ways in which consumptive culture serves to reorganize sexual lives, with special attention paid to female agency and masculinity.
D. Manning (r.manning@ResponsibleDebtRelief.org),
Director of Institute for Consumer Financial
Services (ICFS), Rochester, N.Y. examines
consumer credit, debt and consumption trends
over the life-course with particular attention
to the political economy of deregulated consumer
financial services, college students and credit
card debt, history of US saving and debt, popular
culture and debt, credit card industry, debt
relief programs, international consumer debt
trends, and Wal-Mart's rise as a global
financial services provider. www.creditcardnation.com, www.ResponsibleDebtRelief.org
*Kim Manturuk (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studies consumer financial decision-making with a focus on how lower-income households use debt and credit products.
*Hy Mariampolski (email@example.com),
Managing Director, QualiData Research Inc., consults
and provides qualitative research services to companies
in the following sectors: CPG (foods and beverages,
personal care, home cleaning, etc.), business and
financial services, pharma and health care, not-for-profit
(arts and culture, associations, social causes),
B2B, technology. Special skills in global studies
(LatAm, Asia, W. and E. Europe) and those involving
the "base of the pyramid." www.qualidataresearch.com
Jan Marontate (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Canada Research Chair in Technology and Culture
at Acadia University (Wolfville, Canada) is currently
studying new computer-based creative practices
in the arts and digital imaging in laboratory sciences
focusing the place of interdisciplinary collaborations
in innovation and the implications the use of new
media for culture heritage preservation.
*Heather E Marsh (email@example.com), University of Maryland-College Park, studies sustainable consumption as well as how consumption applies to sites that generate, foster and support narratives of community.
Keele University, researches on consumption
in domestic life, with diverse interests around
mundane domestic practices and routines, kitchen
life, gender, adult-child cultures, and late
Peeples Massengill (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Princeton University, studies discourse about
Wal-Mart (particularly moral claims for and
against the retailer) along with various dimensions
of employment in retail and service work.
*Kelley Massoni (email@example.com),
University of Kansas, studies gender and popular
culture, with an emphasis on the production, consumption,
and representations of teen and women's magazines,
and their relationship to particular historical/social
*Nita Mathur (firstname.lastname@example.org), Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, addresses the issue of articulation of consumer culture and modernity in everyday lives of people in a transnational framework with focus on how people imagine modernity and identity in consumer culture, what modernity or “being modern” means to people in different societies and how modernity contradicts/coincides/develops an interface with tradition in the broader framework of consumer culture.
Cyndi Maurer (email@example.com),
Rutgers University-Camden, studies the relationship
between media (television particular) and children/
University of Utah, is studying the ways in
which consumers are adjusting their retirement
planning in response to the current economic
*E. Doyle McCarthy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fordham University, is researching how contemporary U.S. consumer culture, mass media and mass entertainment foster new "feeling rules" and highly emotional cultural practices, recently focusing on changing forms of memorializing.
The Ohio State University, studies debt and
credit, focusing specifically on the impact
growing class inequality and increased credit
use have on one another.
Knowledge Networks, Inc., provides information,
cost estimates and design assistance about
the ways our national online household probability
panel (the only one in existence) called KnowledgePanel
SM that includes 38,000+ households and over
2,500 background variables on 50,000+ panelists
over the age of 13 can be used by academic
researchers to study consumer behaviors, decisions
Micki McGee (email@example.com),
Fordham University, NY, investigates the cultural
economies of consumption by studying an array of
research areas, including: the rise of American
self-help and makeover culture; the rhetorics of
creativity and innovation that drive the "cultural
creatives"; and the quest for normative parenting
that haunts the personal narratives of parents
of children on the autism spectrum.
Alex McIntosh (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Texas A&M University presently studies
how children and parents spend time and how
this affects their consumption of food at home
and food away from home.
Colin McNulty (email@example.com),
Loyola University Chicago, studies sites of consumption
and themed environments, relationship between consumption
and globalization, epistemology in advertising,
*Cecilia Díaz-Méndez (firstname.lastname@example.org),University of Oviedo (Spain), conducts studies of the intersection between consumer and health and the role of different agents in the agrofood system, with a current focus on eating practices in the household.
Brandeis University, is working on a project
that examines the relationship between the
health/natural foods industry and natural foods
as a social movement.
*Murray Milner Jr. (email@example.com),
University of Virginia, studies status systems—Indian
castes, American teenagers, celebrities, human
rights, religious rituals—and looks at consumption
as in part due to status competition.
*Sanyu Mojola (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Colorado-Boulder, studies the role
of consumption in the intimate partnerships of
young African women and is working on her
book "Consuming Women: Becoming Modern in
the Age of HIV/AIDS.
*Mark Moreau (email@example.com), Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., is Development Editor of Young Consumers: insights and ideas for responsible marketers.
*Chandra Mukerji (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of California, San Diego, works on materiality, technology, and the meanings and circulations of things.
University of California-San Diego, studies
geographies of consumption at the U.S.-Mexico
border, particularly how increased restrictions
of movement at the border are rearranging consumption habits
among its residents and rearranging identities,
patterns of connectivity and the production
Furman University, examines the sustainable
agriculture movement, both on divisions within
the movement over organic certification, and
on the conflict between the "local" and "organic" frames.
Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy (email@example.com),
John Carroll University, studies the politics of
consumption and the relationship between tourism
and conflict transformation.
*Lisa Neilson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Ohio State University, studies the intersection
of economic and political sociology, with a special
interest in social responsibility in the marketplace.
Joel Nelson (email@example.com),
University of Minnesota, is interested in the market
economy—most recently in how privatization
alters public services and introduces new varieties
*Leonard Nevarez (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vassar College, studies how markets and their cultures transform places, formal organizations, and labor reproduction.
*Tani Nguyen (email@example.com),
University of Hawaii, is interested in the changing
pattern of consumption of people in developing
*Thanh-Nghi B. Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hoa Sen University, studies the changing consumption patterns in developing countries in Asia and its relationship with environmental and ethical considerations.
*Zacchaeus Ogunnika (email@example.com), Virginia State University, studeis the influence of race and ethnicity on social consumption, with a focus on inequalities, communities and theoretical and methodological issues.
*Minjoo Oh (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Mississippi—Oxford, studies the relationship between eating practices and identity in contemporary food consumption, with particular interest is the role of consumption of foreign TV dramas in constructing transnational identity.
University of Ottawa, is interested in tastes
and cultural practices focusing primarily on
the various uses of the rhetoric of cultural
diversity in the social sciences and in everyday
life, especially in relation to arts consumption.
Omeltchenko-Tatarchevskiy (email@example.com), University of Virginia, currently
researches the US anti-trafficking movement focusing
on how its activists make sense of action on behalf
of the distant Other in the context where market
forces and advocacy,consumption and compassion,
entrepreneurship and civic engagement intersect.
Angela Orend (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Louisville, focuses on issues of
commodification with respect to the body and popular
culture with a special emphasis on corporate logo
tattoos as a form of postmodern consumption.
Per Østergaard (email@example.com),
University of Southern Denmark, studies consumer
culture focusing on how brands are used for identity
construction, consumption rituals and how to understand
branding in a glocalized world using poststructuralist
perspectives and qualitative research methodologies. http://www.sam.sdu.dk/staff/poe
*Christopher Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Ohio State University, studies international
migration with a specialization in refugee issues
and their adaptation experiences, as well as community
and international development.
Wesleyan University, examines the intersections
and interactions between tourism and social
activism, with an eye towards how these two
combine to both produce and consume place.
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Johanna Pabst (email@example.com),
Boston College, studies technology consumption and
relationships, focusing on low-income youth and their
productive/consumptive relationships with technology
products and information technology.
University of North Florida, is currently studying
residential real estate marketing and sales practices,
with an eye to how representations of home and
community may perpetuate segregation in terms of
race, class, age, and family status.
Jan Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org),
University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College,
is currently researching the ways we accomplish or
enact family through the routine, recurring work of
consumption, with particular interest in toy and grocery
*Jeff Pooley (email@example.com),
Muhlenberg College, studies the interplay between mass
media and the wider consumer culture.
*Lubomir Popov (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bowling Green State University, studies consumers/users of built environments and their culture with the purpose to introduce this dimension in planning and programming.
*Laura Portwood-Stacer (email@example.com), New York University, researches intersections between political identity and lifestyle practices, particularly within radical and subcultural social movements.
Jason Pridmore (J.H.Pridmore@hszuyd.nl),
Zuyd University, The Netherlands, examines the digitization
of consumption practices in everyday life as forms
of consumer surveillance that both shape consumption
and personal identity. http://digideas.nl
Melvin Prince (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Southern Connecticut State University, studies dyads,
money attitudes, dyadic adjustment and client-agency
University of Virginia, is writing a book on the
age of flexibility and its impact on changing notions
of commitment, while she continues publishing on
the children's consumption issues that she explored
in her first book, Longing and Belonging:
Parents, Children and Consumer Culture (California
Norene Pupo (email@example.com), York
University, studies commodication/decommodification
of household work and the relationship between consumption
and service sector work.
*Chiara Rabbiosi (firstname.lastname@example.org), University
of Milan-Bicocca,(Italy), studies consumption, tourism
and urban issues with a recent focus on the increasing
importance of the systems of shopping and the way they
interlock with other social systems.
Independent Researcher/ Consultant, studies and consults
on various aspects of sustainable consumption and ecological
integrity, focusing on institutional and societal mechanisms
of consumption behaviour, social determinants of health,
Health Impact Assessment, Internet and communication
Wilson College, studies resale consumption, the
destigmatization of used goods in U.S. society,
and the social, political and economic implications
of resale consumption in the context of increased
economic inequality in the United States.
Sharon Raz (email@example.com)
University of Haifa & University of Washington,
studies the association between consumption patterns
and social stratification in the Israeli society.
utilizes visual sociology that links the connections
between labor, consumption, and local carnival
Renee Ann Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Harvard Business School, studies consumer behavior
and social boundaries, with particular emphasis on
luxury consumption, brand communities, and consumer
deviance (especially counterfeit consumption).
University of Maryland, applies social theory
to the everyday realms of the economy and consumption.
*Joyce Robbins (email@example.com), Touro College, New York, studies the historically changing link between thrift and middle-class identity.
University of Arizona, studies the sociology of
sound, with an emphasis on how class-based cultural
preferences relate to the socioacoustic properties
of musical genres.
*David Roelfs (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Louisville, studies population-level analyses of diffusion and failure processes for shopping centers and enclosed shopping malls.
*Janice Rollo (email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org), CUNY Graduate Center
*Joseph D. Rumbo (email@example.com),James Madison
University, examines consumerism, hegemony in marketing
and advertising, masculine consumer identities, and
social formations and cultural practices that variously
oppose consumerism and the market.
*Markella Rutherford (firstname.lastname@example.org), Wellesley College, studies cultural influences on children and families, and is the author of Adult Supervision Required: Freedom and Boundaries in Popular Parenting Advice (Rutgers), which examines ideals about parents' and children's autonomy in American culture.
Michael Ryan (email@example.com),
University of Maryland-College Park, studies McDonaldization,
the social geographies of consumption, and the
relationship between consumption and globalization.
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Roger Salerno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pace University, studies the psychoanalytic
dimensions of consumption.
University of Chicago, researches consumption
as a measure of neighborhood homogeneity using
grocery store scanner data.
*Gianmarco Savio (email@example.com),
Stony Brook University, studies cultural sociology
with an emphasis on the link between consumption
(particularly of art, clothing, and music) and
*Ethan Schoolman (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, is studying personal consumption both inside and outside the marketplace as a form of political expression.
Boston College, has focused on issues pertaining
to trends in work and leisure, consumerism,
the relationship between work and family, women's
issues and economic justice over the last ten
*Justin Schupp (email@example.com), Ohio State University, studies social inequality associated with consumption, especially within the realm of food production, distribution and ingestion.
*Jim Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Consumer Reports, conducts marketing and social research about consumer products and services, media usage and consumer rights.
Cornell University, studies the role of retail
in consumption and focuses on the interactions
between products, workers and customers occurring
William Sewell (email@example.com),
University of Chicago, is working on early consumer
capitalism and its effects on social relations,
culture, and politics in eighteenth century France.
*John F. Sherry, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Notre Dame, is expanding his interest in servicescapes beyond traditional commercial venues and into other hermetic and hestial spaces.
Olga Shevchenko (email@example.com),
Williams College, has written on the leisure industry
and domestic consumption in postsocialist Russia,
and is currently interested in the issues of modernity,
urbanism and consumption during late socialism,
and in their relevance for the consumer discourses
in today’s Russia.
*Amy Singer (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Knox College, studies globalized gourmet foods
with particular emphasis on questions of production,
consumption, marketing and meaning-making.
*Felicia Song (email@example.com), Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, studies the intersection of digital technology, identity, and consumer culture (recently the world of mom bloggers).
Bas Spierings (B.Spierings@geo.uu.nl),
Utrecht University, The Netherlands, studies the
interplay of imaginations of consumerism, governance
of consumption spaces and everyday life in the
public domain. http://www.geo.uu.nl/urban/spierings
The University of Western Ontario, studies
consumption and entrepreneurship practices,
rituals, and values among individuals living
at subsistence-level incomes, and draws inferences
for marketing practices by public and private
organizations that endeavor to serve this segment
with products and services with an ability
to ensure social, economic, and environmental
*Lakshmi Srinivas (Lakshmi.firstname.lastname@example.org),
The University of Massachusetts-Boston, does ethnographic
research on cinema, its public culture and consumption
with a focus on lived experience, the interactions
between films, audiences and filmmakers and globalization.
University of Southern California, is currently
researching celebrity culture and consumption,
and has also studied anxieties surrounding
children, teens, and consumption.
*Joel Stillerman (email@example.com), Grand Valley State University, conducts multi-method research (ethnography, interviews, photography) on shopping and vending in street markets, flea markets, and malls; and the decisions of middle class adults regarding housing, home decoration, and children's education, both in Santiago, Chile. https://sites.google.com/site/joelstillerman/
*David Paul Strohecker (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Maryland-College Park, studies consumer subcultures and deviant taste cultures, the process by which deviant taste cultures become part of popular culture, and what these changes mean about changing cultural values and norms, currently focusing on the popular interest in tattooing and body modification and the widespread popularity of zombie films.
Texas A&M University-Commerce, studies
globalization, modern China, consumer culture
with particular focus on how global connectivity
impacted on local residential consumption behaviors
and value orientations, and their difference
among people with different age, gender, educations,
residential areas and global connections.
*Bhoomi Thakore (email@example.com),
Loyola University Chicago, is examining perceptions
and representations of South Asians in American
popular media and culture.
University of Bielefeld, Germany, studies fashion
and clothes consumption of "women of
intelligentsia" in the GDR and the Soviet
Union in comparison, in the 1960s - 1980s,
with particular emphasis on the mechanisms
of "distinctions" in the late state-socialist
societies with their politics of levellings.
Tsipursky, (firstname.lastname@example.org) University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studies the
efforts to manage socialist youth consumption,
popular culture and leisure in the late 1940s-60s
Soviet Union, especially Soviet Russia.
Keila Tyner (email@example.com),
Texas State University-San Marcos, studies the
consumption of fashion, appearance, and body-related
products and services and how these consumption
choices shape sense of self and identity.
*Giselle Velasquez (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studies globalization, international politics, media, and culture.
*Annmarie S. van Altena (email@example.com), Loyola University Chicago, studies consumption in music subcultures with a focus on gender and work.
*Nicole Martorano Van
University, studies the marketing and commodification
of for-profit colleges targeted at low-income
London School of Economics, works on financial
selling and the interactional basis of markets,
studying the intersection of marketing, information
technology, and organizational control.
*Valerio Verrea (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Leipzig, studies fair trade and the creation of alternative economies through trade practices and social organizations; interested in de-growth theories and environmental sustainability.
University of Connecticut, studies radical
political economy and is working on a Neo-Marxist
theory of consumer society that emphasizes
the dialectics of interests between workers
*Dirk vom Lehn (email@example.com) King's College London, examines how people make sense of museum exhibits, how optometrists assess what their clients can see and how street-market traders and their customers engage in negotiation and exchange. His studies use video-recordings as principal data and ethnomethodology as their analytic framework.
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Linda Wachs (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Cal Poly Pomona, studies the body in consumer
culture and recently began exploring the
relationship between electoral politics and
*Randi Wærdahl (email@example.com) Agder Research, Norway, does local and international comparative studies of childhood and family life in the contexts of globalization, commercialization and rapid social and economical change.
Rutgers University- New Brunswick, studies Child
Development at Institute for Study of Child Development,
UMDNJ after ahving completed doctoral work from
University of Hyderabad, India, on The Culture
of Consumption in Urban India: A Study of the Middle
Class in Hyderabad in 2007.
University of Arizona, is currently fascinated
by the ways people change social structures
drawing from consumption as a toolkit, particularly
by constructing new ideologies through close
conversation with similarly situated others,
by modifying traditions to serve their new
purposes, and by questioning their everyday
practices in the company of others.
City University of Hong Kong, studies consumption
behavior in China and current works on topics
such as online gaming, Feng Shui, group purchase,
and Chinese medicine.
Diane Watts-Roy (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Boston College, studies the intersection between
consumer culture and aging, with a focus on the
use of human enhancement technologies and practices
which are associated with extending the lifespan
and/or delaying bodily aging.
*Michelle Weinberger (email@example.com), Northwestern University (Medill School) researches sociological aspects of: collective consumption rituals, gift giving, cultural capital and experiential consumption, and cultural knowledge more generally.
Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Postdoctoral Fellow at Blaustein Institute for
Desert Research, Ben Gurion University (Israel),
is a cultural anthropologist who studies the links
between citizenship and consumption, particularly
in Cuba and Costa Rica, and, most recently, in
Israel's Negev Desert.
*Emily West (email@example.com),
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, studies and
teaches consumer and promotional culture, with past
work focused on greeting cards, and newest work
focused on consumer subjectivity in US health
Florida International University, is
researching kids and their experience in Wannado
City (in Florida), the first role-playing theme
park in the U.S.
*Frederick Wherry (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, explores the intersection of culture and markets most recently in The Culture of Markets (forthcoming, Polity), The Philadelphia Barrio (University of Chicago Press, 2011), and a volume co-edited with Nina Bandelj, The Cultural Wealth of Nations (Stanford University Press, 2011).
*Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy (email@example.com), John Carroll University, studies the political dimensions of consumption, including food, tourism, fair trade, and eco-consumerism.
Elizabeth Wissinger (firstname.lastname@example.org ,
BMCC/CUNY, studies the fashion modeling industry
and the images it creates not only as a means to
understanding relations between power structures
and consumerism, but also as a barometer of changing
notions of personhood.
Michael J. Yaksich (email@example.com)
Honda R & D Americas, Inc.
Aktas Yamanoglu (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Ankara University (Turkey), studies the consumption
relationships in modern societies and particularly
interested in class distinctions of consumption
practices, inequality and social exclusion.
*Jane Zavisca (email@example.com), University of Arizona, studies the culture of housing and mortgage finance in Russia and the United States.
*Dunfu Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Shanghai University, studies China’s consumer
culture and the sociology of consumers & consumption
of China in the context of globalization and social
Sharon Zukin (email@example.com),
Brooklyn College and City University of New York
Graduate Center, writes about cities, shopping,
and consumer culture, focusing of different types
of shopping experience from chain stores and branded
stores to new boutiques and cafes.
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