Paul Lopes

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Paul Lopes

Professor of Sociology

Department/Office Information

Sociology and Anthropology
407 Alumni Hall
  • M 1:00pm - 2:20pm (407 Alumni Hall)
  • T 2:40pm - 4:20pm (407 Alumni Hall)
  • BA University of California, Berkeley 1980
  • MS University of Wisconsin, Madison 1985
  • PhD University of California, Berkeley 1994

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
  • The Power of Black Music
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Social Experience in Mass Culture
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Self and Society
  • Mass Media Research
  • Sociology of Socio-Political Movements
  • Senior Project Seminars in Sociology and Mass Media
  • Senior Honors Thesis Seminars
  • Cultural sociology
  • Media studies
  • Popular culture
  • American studies
  • Sociology of art
  • Social inequality
  • Race and ethnicity

Rebellion and transition in "art worlds"


Book cover of "The Rise of a Jazz Art World" by Paul Lopes

Selected articles and chapters:

Lopes, Paul, Ingyu Oh & Lynn Pyun. 2023 (November). “The Globalization of Postcolonial Pop Music: Putting the Success of the K-Pop Industries into Theoretical Perspectives.” Asia Pacific Business Review 29/5 (2023)

Hwang, Hyeseon, Ingyu Oh & Paul Lopes. “The International Strategy for Korean Pop Music: What Makes K-Pop Listed on Billboard Hot 100?” Asia Pacific Business Review 29/5 (2023).

Lopes, Paul. "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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special journal issues:

Lopes, Paul, Jangwoo Lee, Ingyu Oh, and Lynn Pyun. Special Issue: "The Globalization of Postcolonial Pop Music: Putting the Success of K-pop Industries into Theoretical Perspectives," Asia Pacific Business Review 29/5.  (November 2023)

Lopes, Paul, and Mary Durfee. Special Issue: "The Social Diffusion of Ideas and Things," The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 566 (Nov. 1999)

Book reviews:

  • American Journal of Sociology; American Ethnologist; Contemporary Sociology

Member Faculty Affairs Committee, Colgate University, Fall 2013 to Spring 2016, Fall 2018 to Spring 2020, Fall 2023 to Spring 2024

Member Faculty Affirmative Action Oversight Committee, Colgate University, Fall 2013 to Spring 2020, Fall 2018 to Spring 2019

Chair Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University July 2015 to June 2017, July 2020-2021

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

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