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Education

2014 Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University
2011 M.Phil., Sociology, Yale University
2010 M.A., Sociology, Yale University
2005 Critical Studies, Malmö Art Academy, Lund University
2002 B.F.A., Studio Art, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
1999 B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Employment

2015-  Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala Universty
2014-15  Coordinator, Mellon Forum at Calhoun College, Yale University

Publications

Book

The Work of Art: Value in Creative Careers. Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2017.

Refereed articles

Gerber, Alison and Clayton Childress. 2017 (forthcoming). “The Economic World Obverse: Freedom Through Markets After Arts Education.” American Behavioral Scientist.

Gerber, Alison and Clayton Childress. 2017. “I Don’t Make Objects, I Make Projects: Selling Things and Selling Selves in Contemporary Artmaking.” Cultural Sociology 11(2):234–54.

Childress, Clayton and Alison Gerber. “What’s a Creative Writing MFA For? The Uses of a ‘Useless’ Credential in the U.S. Literary Field”. Professions and Professionalism 5(2).

Klett, Joseph, and Alison Gerber. 2014. “The Meaning of Indeterminacy: Noise Music as Performance.” Cultural Sociology 8(3):275-290. *Nominated for the Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence

Other publications

Gerber, Alison. 2015. Review of Pierre-Michel Menger, The Economics of Creativity: Art and Achievement Under Uncertainty. Organization Studies 36(8):1115-1117.

Gerber, Alison. 2014. “The Audit of Venus.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology 58(1).

Gerber, Alison. 2014. “Bad Art Is Good For Us All.” The Enemy 1(3).

Gerber, Alison. 2014. “Archiving Exchange, Mapping Value.” Art Practical 5(4).

Gerber, Alison. 2014. “The Tax Collectors vs. the Artists.” Minneapolis Star Tribune April 3, A13.

Gerber, Alison and Matthias Revers. “The Library of Affecting Social Science.” Contexts 11(1):76-77.

Gerber, Alison. 2011. “Real, Not-Real.” Pp. 66-71 in Private Investigations: Paths of Critical Knowledge Production in Contemporary Art. Büchs’n’Books, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, ed. Andrei Siclodi

Gerber, Alison. 2006. “Objects and Facts.” Pp. 58-59 in Cabinet of Curiosities: A Meditation on the University in an Installation by Mark Dion. University of Minnesota Press, ed. Colleen Sheehy.

Teaching (total contact hours: 394)

2017 Metod och analys / Samhällsgeografisk metod, Masteruppsats i kulturgeografi (Uppsala University)

2016 Introduction to the Social Analysis of Economic Life, Marknadsföring och organization 1, Ekonomisk geografi (Uppsala University); Writing Practice (Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

2015 Introduction to the Social Analysis of Economic Life, Marknadsföring och organization 1, Ekonomisk geografi (Uppsala University)

2014 Yale University Teaching Fellow: “The Evolution of Beauty” with Dr. Richard Prum; “Health of the Public” with Dr. Nicholas Christakis

2012 Yale University Teaching Fellow: “Foundations of Modern Social Theory” with Dr. Sadia Saeed

2011 Yale University Teaching Fellow: “Sex and Gender in Society” with Dr. Rene Almeling; “Arts and Popular Culture” with Dr. Ron Eyerman

2010 Yale University Teaching Fellow: “Foundations of Modern Social Theory”, with Dr. Emily Erikson

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

2016 Workshop grant for “Making it Matter: publics and practitioners in cultural research on the arts,”Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, with Anna Lund. Residency at Bergmangårdarna, Uppsala University and the Bergman Estate
2012-13 Watson Fellowship, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2012 John F. Enders Fellowship, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Rockefeller Travel Award, Social Science History Association
2009 George M. Camp Grant, Yale University, Department of Sociology. Rockefeller Travel Award, Social Science History Association
2008-2010 Sterling Fellowship, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2008-2013 Doctoral Fellowship, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

8/14: To be honest arriving at ASA to see a big ol’ blown up version of the book cover at the Stanford booth was pretty exciting. As are the blurbs I got to read:

The Work of Art offers an intimate investigation of the economics of earning a living making art: where the money comes from and where it goes, and how artists justify, to themselves and others, their strategies for supporting their work. Alison Gerber makes a solid contribution to sociology, to economics, and to our understanding of the practicalities of an artistic career.”

—Howard S. Becker, author of Art Worlds

“Alison Gerber’s The Work of Art is a welcome treatment of how artists develop their self-conceptions and their production practices. This account expands our insight into a cutting edge area of economic and cultural sociology, examining the art world where questions of valuation and good work are highly salient, and provides an exciting approach to how material objects are given value. Personal and powerful, Gerber’s work will alter how those who care about the lives of artists think about the role of money and identity in the creative process.”

—Gary Alan Fine, author of Everyday Genius

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8/13: There’s a version of my talk about cultural fields, binarism, and gravity (sans janky animations) over at SocArXiv. Thanks much to great audiences at ASA and ESOOW; more conversations now and forevermore very much welcome.

7/21: Two midsummer notes:

In August I’ll be in Montreal with the rest of the North American wing of the discipline. I’ll be presenting on the regular program on Saturday at 8:30 at a panel on Art & Money in Creative Living, and at the Economic Sociology / Organizations, Occupations, and Work preconference at 10:15 on Friday. I’ll also be rushing around at the Economic Sociology roundtables at 8:30 on Sunday, as Emily Barman and I organized ’em. Hope to see you in Montreal.

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In November plans are coming together for a miniature “book tour” and a couple of related talks, workshops, + seminars on new work up and down the East Coast, starting November 7 at Yale. Holler at me if you want me to come and wave my new book around or workshop a messy new paper with you!

6/13: It is happening (now with cover).

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6/1: Just out in the new issue of Cultural Sociology: an article from Clayton Childress and I on making vs. doing and thinking beyond price in the arts. Check it out.

5/24: Page proofs. It’s happening.

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4/2: Uploaded a new working paper over at SocArxiv. Thanks again to the SocArxiv team for making this great repository happen.

3/31: I was surprised to find that my book happened on Amazon the other day, complete with twitter-egg cover image. I’m guessing this is what happens when the publisher registers the ISBNs? In any case, it’s happening…

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3/15: Continues to be forthcoming.

“The Economic World Obverse: Freedom through markets after arts education,” also with Childress but this time in American Behavioral Scientist, hitting your screen and zotero library soon.

1/26: Is forthcoming.

“I Don’t Make Objects, I Make Projects: Selling Things and Selling Selves in Contemporary Artmaking.” With Childress in Cultural Sociology, hitting your screen and zotero library soon.