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About David Grazian

David Grazian is Professor of Sociology and Communication, and Faculty Director of the Urban Studies Program 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 four 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), MIX IT UP: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society (W.W. Norton, 2010; 2017), and AMERICAN ZOO: A Sociological Safari (Princeton University Press, 2015).


Present Professor of Sociology and Communication, University of Pennsylvania

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Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
353 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299
Phone 215.898.7682
Fax 215.573.2081


Books (4)

Articles (9)

Contributions to Books (2)