Zolberg, Vera

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Vera  Zolberg
PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago;
MA, African Studies, Boston University, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology;
AB, Hunter College
Professor of Sociology

Recent Publications:
  • The Happy Few--en Masse: Franco-American Comparisons in Cultural Democratization” in The Arts of Democracy: Culture, Civil Society, and the State ed. Casey N. Blake Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007
  • The Travails of Art in American Sociology” in The Handbook of 21st Century Sociology eds: C.D. Bryant and D.L. Peck. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications [in press]
  • Co-Edited Special Issue of Theory & Society “Sartre for the Twenty-First Century?”(with D.L.Swartz) vol. 36/3, June 2007
  • The Sociology of Art ” in The Handbook of 21st Century Sociology  eds: C.D. Bryant and D.L. Peck. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications 2007)
  • Portuguese Trans. Sao Paulo: SEYNAC, 2006 of Constructing A Sociology of the Arts. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990
  • Aesthetic Uncertainty: The New Canon?” in The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture eds. M. Jacob and N. Hanrahan (Blackwell Publisher, 2005)
  • Success and Failure of the Sociology of Culture? Bringing the Arts Back” in Sociedade e Estado [Dossiê: Sociologia da Arte Hoje] Vol. 20 No.2 (May-Aug. 2005): 337-351
Office Location:
The New School for Social Research
Sociology Department
79 Fifth Ave, Room 1015
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
T 2-5
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5737 x3133


Research Interests:
Contemporary and historical cultural policy and politics, urbanism and culture; museums; African art; the sociology of collective memory.
Professional Affiliations:
  • Member of New York City Seminar on the Arts and Cultural Policy
  • American Sociological Association (Committee on International Sociology)
  • Society for Social Theory, Politics and the Arts
  • International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
  • International Sociological Association
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • Presider, Discussant, Organizer of session on New Perspectives on the Arts and Society
  • Presider/Discussant in Regional Spotlight: New York's Aart World
  • Presenter at Miniconference on Modeling Practices in the Arts and Media
  • The Sociology of Symbolic Power: InMemory of Pierre Bourdieu (coeditor, forthcoming)
  • “The Arts in the Sociology of Culture” in M. Jacon and N. Hanrahan (eds.), Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture (forthcoming)
  • Featured Speaker at the International Conference on 20 Years of Sociology of Art: Balance Sheet and Future Prospects [20 ans de Sociologie de l’art: Bilan et Perspectives] at the Université Pierre Mendès-France, Grenoble, October 20-22, 2005. “La culture, oui, mais l’art aussi: La Sociologie de l’art aux USA.”
  • Keynote Speaker at the International Seminar on Modernity, Material Culture and Life Styles, Sao Paulo, 20-22 October, 2004. “Creative Capitals in a Globalizing World: The Arts, the Medias and the Future of Cities”
  • Featured Speaker at the Plenary Session of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on the Arts and the Arts Network of the European Sociological Association on “New Trends in the Sociology of the Art, meeting in Paris, April 22-26, 2003
  • Keynote Speaker, on the States of the Arts: Aesthetic Media in Europe Across the Millennia, Exeter University, England, 1-3 September 2000
  • Keynote speaker, plenary session of International Conference for Sociology of Culture and the Arts on The Culture Society: A New Place for the Arts of the Twenty-First Century, Barcelona, 6-8 July 2000
  • Outsider Art: Contesting Boundaries in Contemporary Culture (1997)
  • Constructing a Sociology of the Arts (1990).

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