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Paul Lopes

Paul Lopes

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology , 407 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7553


BA University of California, Berkeley 1980; MS University of Wisconsin, Madison 1985; PhD University of California, Berkeley 1994

Teaching Experience

Teaching Positions

Smith College, 2004-2005; Mount Holyoke College, 2002-2004; Tufts University, 1994-2002; University of San Francisco, 1993-1994; University of California, Berkeley, 1992


Media and Modern Society; American Popular Culture; Cultural Sociology; Social Experience in Mass Culture; Introduction to Sociology; Self and Society; Mass Media Research; Sociology of Socio-Political Movements; and Senior Project Seminars in Sociology and Mass Media


Cultural sociology, media studies, popular culture, American studies, sociology of art, social inequality, race and ethnicity


Rebellion and transition in "art worlds"



Art Rebels Cover Feb 2019Art Rebels: Class, Race and Gender in the Art of Miles Davis and Martin Scorsese (Princeton, June 2019)

Book Cover 25 Percent Cropped Demanding Respect: The Evolution of the American Comic Book (Temple, 2009)

Rise Jazz Art World Cover 2019 The Rise of a Jazz Art World (Cambridge, 2002)

Selected articles and chapters

"The Power of Hyphen-Nationalism: Martin Scorsese's Sojourn from Italian American to White-Ethnic American." Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 23/5 (2017)

The Heroic Age of American Avant-Garde Art.” Theory and Society 44/3 (May 2015)

"Strategies of Rebellion in the Heroic Age of the American Comic Book" in International Journal on the Arts in Society 2/2 (2007)

"Culture and Stigma: Popular Culture and the Case of the Comic Book" in Sociological Forum (Fall 2006)

"Signifying Deviance and Transgression: Jazz in the Popular Imagination" in American Behavioral Scientist (July 2005)

"Pierre Bourdieu's Fields of Cultural Production: A Case Study of Jazz" in Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000)

"Innovation and Diversity in the Popular Music Industry, 1969-1990" in American Sociological Review (Feb. 1992)

Special journal issues:

Guest co-editor with Mary Durfee of the special issue "The Social Diffusion of Ideas and Things," The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Nov. 1999)

Book reviews:

American Journal of Sociology; American Ethnologist; Contemporary Sociology

Professional Experience

Director of Communications and Media Studies Program, Tufts University 1994-2001


Annenberg Scholar, Annenberg School for Communication - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Fall 1997