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The Consumer Studies Research Network (CSRN) has now grown to over 400 members. For members who want to be listed publicly we provide the contact information and short description of research interests. We also linked personal or institutional home pages or other websites (if available) to the individual member's profile. This feature is available by clicking on the member's name. 

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Last updated December 9, 2011

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Andrea Abbas (, 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 education.

*Aaron Ahuvia (, 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 (, 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 (, 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). 

Susan M. Alexander (, 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 (, 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.

Nicole D. Anderson (, 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.

Christopher Andrews (, University of Maryland at College Park, studies the burgeoning self-service trend and how it is affecting various stakeholders in the supermarket industry.

*Patricia Arend (, 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.

Zeynep Arsel (, Concordia University-Montreal, investigates consumption and social distinctions, construction of taste and self-representation in participatory media and non-market exchanges of consumer goods.

*Søren Askegaard (, 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 (, University of Western Ontario, studies children's advertising and consumer culture with an interest in both the history of these practices and contemporary regulatory responses.

*Lucy Atkinson (, University of Texas at Austin, studies the politics of consumption, green advertising and sustainable citizenship.

*Tracy Bacon (, University of Arizona, focuses her dissertation work on collective consumption and social networks.

Diane Barthel-Bouchier (, Stony Brook University, is working on issues pertaining to cars and car ownership.

Stephen Bernardini (, 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).

Amy Best ( George Mason University, studies youth, culture, and social inequalities with a particular focus on the intersection of popular cultural forms and youth identity projects. 

Tyler Bickford (, 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.

Gwen Bingle (, 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 (, 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 ( 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.

*Regina Lee Blaszczyk (, 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.

Joseph Bosco ( ), 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, ( Boston University, studies the ways that
consumption structures and reproduces race, class and gender inequalities.

*Gaspar Brändle (, Universidad de Murcia (Spain), studies social aspects of consumption, with particular focus on community consumption in a hyperindividualistic era.

Keith Brown (, 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 (, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies consumption and race and consumerism as political protest.

Thomas Burr (, 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 (, University of Texas at Austin, studies neoliberal consumer-citizenship and the political economy of consumerism.

Vince Carducci (, 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.

Joshua Carreiro (, 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 (, 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 (, Michigan State University, studies collective violence and social movements, with a special focus on gender.

*Katherine K. Chen (, 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 economy.

Dilek Cindoglu (, 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 societies.

Terry Nichols Clark  (, 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.

Jay Coakley ( ), 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

*Nicki Lisa Cole (, 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.

Dan Cook (, 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 (, Oklahoma City University, examines children and consumption and commodified experiences as well as gambling as commodified recreational activity.

*Patrick Cox (, Rutgers University-Camden, studies children's periodicals as instructive literature and play, popular culture, and a print mode of the marketplace of edutainment.

Amanda M. Czerniawski (, 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 (, 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.

*Mary Lynn Damhorst (, 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, and stereotyping.

Joshua C. Davis (, 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.

*Michaela DeSoucey (, 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 (, Université Paris Descartes, writes on globalization, consumption in China and the rise of a new, international middle-class.

*Daphne Demetry (, studies consumption and foodways with a focus on restaurants.

*Kim De Wolff (, 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.

Randal Doane (, Oberlin College, uses Foucault's work on governmentality and ethics to study urban bicycle cooperatives, yet still maintains his long-standing intellectual romance with Bourdieu.

Paddy Dolan (, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, studies the development of consumer culture, sport and subjectivity in Ireland using the figurational approach of Norbert Elias.

*Peter Doran (, 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.

Heather A. Downs (, University of Illinois, studies women and consumption with particular focus on leisure activities.

E. Melanie DuPuis (, UC Santa Cruz, studies the mutually-constitutive relationships between the politics of production and the politics of consumption in the United States.

Rachel Dwyer (, 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 (, 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.

David Ekerdt (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 ( OR, 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 (, Boston University, studies the real estate market in terms of the social, economic, and cultural meanings embedded in the concept of "home ownership." in particular, how homeowners' associations develop, manage, and protect value.

Kirsten Firminger (, 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 consumption practices.

*Betina Freidin (, 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 (, 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 (, 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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Luciana de Araujo Gil (, 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.

Tarleton Gillespie (, 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.

George Gonos (, 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 (, Sonoma State University, studies the interrelationships between food, gender and society.

*Laurel Graham (, University of South Florida (Tampa), studies topics concerning:  sustainable consumption, parents & children as consumers, poverty survival, and environmental education (especially school vegetable gardening).

Peter R. Grahame (, Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill, is studying the construction of touristic spaces and experiences in urban and rural settings.

Matt Gregory (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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.

Michael Haedicke (, 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.

Karen Bettez Halnon (, 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 2009).

*Eugene Halton (, 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.

Amy Hanser (, 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 (, 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.

Kai-Uwe Hellmann (, 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 Konsumsoziologie.”

Jennifer R. Hemler (, Rutgers University, studies meaning making through aberrant social practices  such as compulsive buying.

*Trent Hennessey (, Melbourne Business School, studies people engaged in self-marketing and personal branding to examine self commodification and the consumption of identity.

*Joy Crissey Honea (, 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. 

Mary Elizabeth Hughes (, Duke University, is currently investigating the impact of material aspirations on the timing of marriage with a focus on homeownership and writing a "thought piece" about integrating consumption into life course studies.

*Geoffrey Hunt ( , 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.

Eva Illouz (, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studies the intersection of consumption and emotions and the construction of consumer imagination.

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Julian Jefferies (, 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 of capital.

*Art Jipson ( 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 (, 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.

*Ellis Jones (, Holy Cross College, studies ethical consumerism, corporate social responsibility, and green lifestyle movements and is author of The Better World Shopping Guide.

Josée Johnston (, 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 (, University of Maryland, is studying the concept of prosumption; that is, how we are increasingly producing that which we consume (and vice versa).

Wendi Belinda Kane ( ), University of Central Florida graduate student, is interested in the overlap of consumer power, social movements, and economic and environmental exploitation.

*Meredith Katz (, Virginia Tech, studies political and ethical consumerism as forms of civic and political participation.

Tally Katz-Gerro (, 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.

Kerwin Kaye (, New York University, is currently examining ideas concerning drug addiction and their relationship to larger ideologies of consumption.

*Volker Kirchberg ( 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).

Linda J. Kim (, 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 (, Ohio Northern University, studies the interplay of consumption and identity development in the context of transformational value offerings.

Mikael Klintman (, 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 consumerism.

Shelley Koch ( University of Kansas, studies consumption as work, specifically women's work in food shopping.

Marina Kogan (, 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 (, 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 ( (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 (, 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.

Simon Langlois (, Université Laval (Québec), studies family budgets in historical perspective and ways of living in contemporary consumer society.

Lauren Langman ( ), Loyola University, Chicago, studies transgressive consumption (i.e., Carnival), body modification and consumer spaces.

Leora Lawton ( 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 (, Yuan Ze University  Taiwan, studies  consumer culture and collection with particular emphasis on the relationship between knowledge/power and gender.

Christian Licoppe (, Ecole Nationale des Telecommunications, France, studies buying and selling at a distance, such as activity studies in call centres and ecommerce.

Lissette Aliaga Linares (, 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 (, Stony Brook University, studies consumption in regard to home cooking, health, gender, and identity production.

Linda Lobao (, The Ohio State University, is studying public perceptions about food consumption with a focus on humane treatment of farm animals.

*Michael A. Long (, Oklahoma State University, studies ethical and political consumption, primarily in the agro-food sector.

*Janet A. Lorenzen (, 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.

*Jeff Lundy, (, 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.

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Paolo Magaudda ( 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 home-based technologies.

*Jennifer Smith Maguire (, University of Leicester (UK), studies the cultural economy of provenance and the work of cultural intermediaries in the premium wine market.

*Amias Maldonado (, 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.

*Robert D. Manning (, 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.,

*Kim Manturuk (, 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 (, 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."

Jan Marontate (, 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 (, University of Maryland-College Park, studies sustainable consumption as well as how consumption applies to sites that generate, foster and support narratives of community.

Lydia Martens (, 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 modernity. 

Rebekah Peeples Massengill (, 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 (, 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 contexts.

*Nita Mathur (, 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 (, Rutgers University-Camden, studies the relationship between media (television particular) and children/ teenage culture.

Robert Mayer (, University of Utah, is studying the ways in which consumers are adjusting their retirement planning in response to the current economic meltdown.

*E. Doyle McCarthy (, 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.

Laura McCloud (, The Ohio State University, studies debt and credit, focusing specifically on the impact growing class inequality and increased credit use have on one another.

Bill McCready (, 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 and attitudes.

Micki McGee (, 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.

Wm. Alex McIntosh (, 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 (, Loyola University Chicago, studies sites of consumption and themed environments, relationship between consumption and globalization, epistemology in advertising, and theory.

*Cecilia Díaz-Méndez (,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.

Laura Miller (, 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. (, 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 (, 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 (, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., is Development Editor of Young Consumers: insights and ideas for responsible marketers.

*Chandra Mukerji (, University of California, San Diego, works on materiality, technology, and the meanings and circulations of things.

Magali Muria (, 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 of space.

Susan Munkres (, 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 (wwiedenhoft@mirapoint.jcu.ed), John Carroll University, studies the politics of consumption and the relationship between tourism and conflict transformation.

*Lisa Neilson (, Ohio State University, studies the intersection of economic and political sociology, with a special interest in social responsibility in the marketplace.

Joel Nelson (, University of Minnesota, is interested in the market economy—most recently in how privatization alters public services and introduces new varieties of capitalism.

*Leonard Nevarez (, Vassar College, studies how  markets and their cultures transform places, formal organizations, and  labor reproduction.

*Tani Nguyen (, University of Hawaii, is interested in the changing pattern of consumption of people in developing countries.

*Thanh-Nghi B. Nguyen (, Hoa Sen University, studies the changing consumption patterns in developing countries in Asia and its relationship with environmental and ethical considerations.

*Zacchaeus Ogunnika (, 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 (, 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.

Michele Ollivier (, 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.

*Tatiana Omeltchenko-Tatarchevskiy (, 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 (, 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 (, 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.

*Christopher Owens (, Ohio State University, studies  international migration with a specialization in refugee issues and their adaptation experiences, as well as community and international development.

Lynn Owens (, 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 (, Boston College, studies technology consumption and relationships, focusing on low-income youth and their productive/consumptive relationships with technology products and information technology.

Krista Paulsen (, 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 (, 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 consumption.

*Jeff Pooley (, Muhlenberg College, studies the interplay between mass media and the wider consumer culture.

*Lubomir Popov (, 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 (, New York University, researches intersections between political identity and lifestyle practices, particularly within radical and subcultural social movements.

Jason Pridmore (, 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.

Melvin Prince (, Southern Connecticut State University, studies dyads, money attitudes, dyadic adjustment and client-agency relations.

*Allison Pugh (, 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 2009). 

Norene Pupo (,  York University, studies commodication/decommodification of household work and the relationship between consumption and service sector work.

*Chiara Rabbiosi (,  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.

*Robert Rattle (, 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 technologies.

Julie Raulli (, 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 ( University of Haifa & University of Washington, studies the association between consumption patterns and social stratification in the Israeli society.

David Redmon ( utilizes visual sociology that links the connections between labor, consumption, and local carnival economies.

Renee Ann Richardson (, Harvard Business School, studies consumer behavior and social boundaries, with particular emphasis on luxury consumption, brand communities, and consumer deviance (especially counterfeit consumption).

George Ritzer  (, University of  Maryland, applies social theory to the everyday realms of the economy and consumption.

*Joyce Robbins (, Touro College, New York, studies the historically changing link between thrift and middle-class identity.

James Roebuck (, 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 (, University of Louisville, studies population-level analyses of diffusion and failure processes for shopping centers and enclosed shopping malls.

*Janice Rollo (,, CUNY Graduate Center

*Joseph D. Rumbo (,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 (, 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.

J. Michael Ryan (, 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 ( Pace University, studies the psychoanalytic dimensions of consumption.

Marc Sanford (, University of Chicago, researches consumption as a measure of neighborhood homogeneity using grocery store scanner data.

*Gianmarco Savio (, Stony Brook University, studies cultural sociology with an emphasis on the link between consumption (particularly of art, clothing, and music) and status.

*Ethan Schoolman (, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, is studying personal consumption both inside and outside the marketplace as a form of political expression.

Juliet Schor (, 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 years.

*Justin Schupp (, Ohio State University, studies social inequality associated with consumption, especially within the realm of food production, distribution and ingestion.

*Jim Schwartz (, Consumer Reports, conducts marketing and social research about consumer products and services, media usage and consumer rights.

*Rachel Schwartz (, Cornell University, studies the role of retail in consumption and focuses on the interactions between products, workers and customers occurring within supermarkets.

William Sewell (, 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. (, University of Notre Dame, is expanding his interest in servicescapes beyond traditional commercial venues and into other hermetic and hestial spaces.

Olga Shevchenko (, 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 (, Knox College, studies globalized gourmet foods with particular emphasis on questions of production, consumption, marketing and meaning-making.

*Felicia Song (, 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 (, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, studies the interplay of imaginations of consumerism, governance of consumption spaces and everyday life in the public domain.

Srinivas Sridharan (, 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 sustainability.

*Lakshmi Srinivas (, 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.

Karen Sternheimer (, University of Southern California, is currently researching celebrity culture and consumption, and has also studied anxieties surrounding children, teens, and consumption.

*Joel Stillerman (, 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.

*David Paul Strohecker (, 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.

Jiaming Sun (, 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 (, Loyola University Chicago, is examining perceptions and representations of South Asians in American popular media and culture.

Anna Tikhomirova (, 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.

Gleb Tsipursky, (  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 (, 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 (, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studies globalization, international politics, media, and culture.

*Annmarie S. van Altena (, Loyola University Chicago, studies consumption in music subcultures with a focus on gender and work.

*Nicole Martorano Van Cleve(, Northwestern University, studies the marketing and commodification of for-profit colleges targeted at low-income minorities.

*Zsuzsanna Vargha (, 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 (, 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.

Thomas Volscho (, 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 and consumers.

*Dirk vom Lehn ( 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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Faye Linda Wachs (, Cal Poly Pomona, studies the body in consumer culture and recently began exploring the relationship between electoral politics and consumer culture.

*Randi Wærdahl ( 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.

*Malini Waghray (, 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.

Melanie Wallendorf (, 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.

Jeff Wang (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 care.

Lois West (, 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 (, 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 (, John Carroll University, studies the political dimensions of consumption, including food, tourism, fair trade, and eco-consumerism.

Elizabeth Wissinger ( , 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 ( Honda R & D Americas, Inc.

*Melike Aktas Yamanoglu (, 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 (, University of Arizona, studies the culture of housing and mortgage finance in Russia and the United States.

*Dunfu Zhang (, Shanghai University, studies China’s consumer culture and the sociology of consumers & consumption of China in the context of globalization and social transformation.

Sharon Zukin (, 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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