About Paul J. DiMaggio


Paul DiMaggio is a Professor of Sociology at NYU.¬†DiMaggio was previously a Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he served as Graduate Director and Chair in the Sociology Department, directed the Center for the Study of Social Organization, and co-directed the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.¬†He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard in 1979 and from 1979 to 1992 he taught at Yale University, where he also directed Yale’s Program on Non-Profit Organizations.

DiMaggio has written extensively about issues in social organization and about the arts and cultural policy. His research and teaching interests include formal and informal organization, sociology of economic markets, social implications of information technology, and theory and methods in the sociology of culture. His recent papers have addressed the impact of network externalities on social inequality, the effects of Internet use on wages, applications of topic models to the study of culture, and the emergence of cultural hierarchy in 19th century Chicago.

DiMaggio’s published books include¬†The Twentieth-First Century Firm: Changing Economic¬†Organization in International Perspective (edited), Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the U.S. (edited with Patricia Fernandez-Kelly), and¬†Organizzare la cultura: Imprenditoria, istitutzioni e beni culturali.

DiMaggio was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at the Russell Sage Foundation. He held a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1990, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was 1995-1996 Robin M. Williams Jr. Distinguished Lecturer of the Eastern Sociological Society.  He is a past chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Culture and the ASA Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, and a past member of the ASA Publications, Program, and Nominations Committees and ASA Council. He also received Princeton University’s Graduate Mentoring Prize.

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