Paul Lopes

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Paul Lopes

Professor of Sociology

Department/Office Information

Sociology and Anthropology
407 Alumni Hall
  • T 5:20pm - 6:20pm (407 Alumni Hall)
  • R 2:40pm - 4:40pm (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
  • 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
  • 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:

  • "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

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

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