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|Nancy Weiss Hanrahan|
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
703 390-9375, firstname.lastname@example.org
2000- Associate Professor, Sociology, George Mason University
Affiliate Faculty: Women and Gender Studies, Cultural Studies
2002-2009 Director, Women and Gender Studies, George Mason University
1994-2000 Assistant Professor, Sociology, George Mason University
1991-1993 Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Eugene Lang College, New School for Social
1981-1987 Program Director, New Jazz at the Public, New York Shakespeare Festival
1978-1979 Announcer / Producer: WBUR FM, Boston, MA
2010 Fulbright Scholar, Brazil (teaching in Department of Sociology and
Politics, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro)
2007 Faculty Research and Development Award, College of Humanities and
Social Science, George Mason University
2001 Faculty Study Leave, College of Arts and Sciences, George Mason
New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science
Ph.D., Sociology,1995 (Alfred Schutz Memorial Award for the Outstanding Dissertation in Sociology and Philosophy); M.A., Sociology, 1989.
Wesleyan University, B.A., History, 1976, Cum Laude.
The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture, co-editor with Mark Jacobs (Blackwell Publishers: Oxford and Malden, MA) 2005.
Difference in Time: A Critical Theory of Culture (Praeger Publishers: Westport, CT and
“Music Criticism in the Age of the Internet” Sociedade e Estado, (Brazil)
“’If the People Like it, it Must be Good’: Criticism, Democracy and the Culture of
Consensus” Cultural Sociology, forthcoming, 2011.
“The Institution of Art in Postmodernity: The Problem of Autonomy,” International
Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 14, #2, (winter 2000): 401 – 411.
“Negative Composition,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 15:3, (1989): 273 – 290.
“Re-Imagining Critique in Cultural Sociology” (with Sarah S. Amsler) in John R. Hall,
Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-cheng Lo, eds., Routledge Handbook of Cultural
Sociology (Routledge: London) 2010.
“Difference and Cultural Systems: Dissonance in Three Parts,” in The Blackwell
Companion to the Sociology of Culture, Jacobs and Hanrahan, eds. (Blackwell:
Oxford and Malden MA) 2005.
“The Form of Difference: Reimagining Critical Theory,” in Current Perspectives in
Social Theory, vol. 22, Jennifer Lehmann, ed., (Elsevier Science: UK) 2002.
“Cultural Practice, Social Change: Theoretical Perspectives,” in Rethinking Social
Transformation: Criticism and Creativity at the Turn of the Millenium, Ananta
Giri, ed. (Rawat Publications: Jaipur and New Delhi) 2001.
Susan Gal and Gail Kligman, The Politics of Gender After Socialism, in Journal of
Social History, June, 2002.
Rose Rosengard Subotnik, Developing Variations: Style and Ideology in Western
Music, in American Journal of Sociology, 98, 1 (July, 1992): 169-171.
Work in Progress
Music Criticism: Aesthetic Value in the Age of Digital Reproduction, Temple University
Papers / Presentations
“Feminism and the Politics of Recognition: A Cautionary Tale”, Fulbright Chair
International Seminar: Human rights and its Contemporary Challenges, Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011.
“Cultural Critique in the Age of the Internet”, invited speaker, Sociology Department
Seminars, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2011.
Roundtable participant, “Women in the Academy”, The Presence of Women in Different
Sectors of Brazilian Society, Fulbright / US Department of State, Rio de Janeiro,
“’If the People Like it, it Must be Good’: Criticism, Democracy and the Crowd”,
European Sociological Association, Research Network on Culture, 2010 meeting,
Closing Plenary speaker (invited), “Sound: Print: Record: African-American Legacies
Symposium”, University of Delaware, 2009.
“Aestheticization and Post-Modernity: Critical Possibilities for the Sociology of Art”,
European Sociological Association, Research Network on the Arts, 2008
meeting, Venice, Italy.
“Recovering the Sociological Imagination: Critique and Judgment in Cultural
Sociology”, American Sociological Association, 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston.
“On Beauty, Sociology and the Arts”, European Sociological Association 2007 meeting,
“But is it Art? The Case of World Music”, American Sociological Association, 2007
Annual Meeting, New York.
“The Nature of Structure and the Form of Difference: Temporal Conceptions in Critical
Theory”, International Sociological Association Research Committee on Theory, Cambridge, England. August, 2000.
--- American Sociological Association, 1999 Annual Meeting, Chicago.
“Contingency, Postmodernism and Sociological Aesthetics”, American Sociological
Association, 1998 Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
“Cultural Practice, Social Change: Theoretical Perspectives”, workshop on “Social
Criticsm, Cultural Creativity and the Contemporary Dialectics of Transformation”
at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Madras, India. December, 1996.
“Recurrent Distinction: The Social Differentiation of Art”, American Sociological
Association, 1996 Annual Meeting, New York.
“The Sociology of Music and the Theory of Open Systems”, Eastern Sociological
Society, 1995 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.
“Music Criticism?”, included in the panel entitled “The Sociology of Cultural
Production” at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Miami.
“The Rational Foundations of Music Criticism”, 15th Annual Conference on Social
Theory, Politics and the Arts, Toronto. October, 1989.
Other Scholarly Activities
Organizer, Aesthetics panels, European Sociological Association Research Network on
the Arts 2008 meeting, Venice, Italy.
Organizer and Presider, Theory Section regular session, “Critical Theory”,
American Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting, New York.
Discussant: Culture Section regular session, “Musical Lifeworlds”, American
Sociological Association 2006 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Discussant: Graduate student Conference on Sociology of Culture
Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, May, 2006.
Participant, Workshop on Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention (a week-long set of
meetings sponsored by Fulbright, with scholars and practitioners from Honduras,
Costa Rica and the US) Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 2003.
Organizer and Moderator, Teaching Workshop, “Teaching Sociology Using
Literature, Art and Drama”, American Sociological Association, 2000 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Organizer, “Theory and Culture” Plenary and Workshop Session, American Sociological
Association Culture Section Mini-Conference, George Mason University.
Discussant, Culture Section regular session, “The Individual Experience of Culture:
Personality, Cognition, Emotion, Identity”, American Sociological Association,
1999 Annual Meeting, Chicago.
Discussant and Moderator, Culture Section regular session, “Culture, Politics, Policies
Culture Wars”, American Sociological Association, 1997 Annual Meeting, Toronto.
Presider, Theory Section roundtable, “Social Theory between Modernity and
Postmodernity”, American Sociological Association, 1997 Annual Meeting,
Discussant and participant, The Workshop on Culture and the Arts of the NYU / New
School / Columbia consortium, 1992 – 1993.
To the Profession:
Advisory Committee member, for development of degree program in Contemporary
Music Journalism: New Media Studies, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Chair, Best Journal Article Prize Committee, British Sociological Association (2011)
Organizer, Theory and Culture Network, American Sociological Association (1997-2000)
Nominating Committee, Culture Section, American Sociological Association (1997)
To the University:
Organizer, Working Group on Music of the Americas (current)
Sociology PhD comprehensive exam committee (2009-2011)
Interdisciplinary Search committee, Central Asian specialist (2004-5)
Sociology Department Chair Search Committee (2001-2002)
Editor in Chief of Matrix, the Women’s Studies newsletter (1999-2002)
Sociology Honors Program Coordinator (1996 – 2002)
University Nontraditional, Interdisciplinary, and Adult Learning Committee (1999 –
Cultural Studies Faculty Matters Committee (1998 – 1999)
Faculty Advisor to Cultural Studies Colloquium (1998 – 1999)
Arts Summit Planning Committee (1996), Institute of the Arts
Center for the Arts / Northern Virginia Survey Research Lab Arts Survey Project (1995 –
Sociology of Culture
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Sociology of Music
Feminist Social Theory
Classical Sociological Theory
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Art and Society
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Music
Honors Seminar in Sociology (I and II)
“Democracy in America: the Media and Public Life”
Women and Gender Studies
Feminist Theory Across the Disciplines
Ideas and Methods in Cultural Studies
Arts, Artifacts and Institutions.
American Sociological Association / Culture Section
European Sociological Association, Research Network on Sociology of the Arts
Editorial Board Positions
International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society