David Grazian is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Grazian received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1994, and his Ph.D. from the
University of Chicago in 2000. He teaches courses on popular culture, mass media and the
arts; cities and urban sociology; social interaction and public behavior; and
ethnographic methods. In his research he employs a variety of ethnographic and other
qualitative methods to study the production and consumption of commercial entertainment
in the urban milieu. He is the author of three books: Blue Chicago: The Search for
Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs (Univ. Chicago Press, 2003), On the Make: The Hustle of
Urban Nightlife (Univ. Chicago Press, 2008), and Mix It Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media,
and Society (W.W. Norton, 2010).
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