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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 (forthcoming). “I Don’t Make Objects, I Make Projects: Selling Things and Selling Selves in Contemporary Artmaking.” Cultural Sociology.

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: 356)

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

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.

11/16: I’ll be heading to Stockholm University next week for a talk in the department of sociology. See you there if you’re in town.

11/10: Happy to report that the editorial board over at Stanford University Press has approved my manuscript and we’re looking at a Fall/Winter 2017 release date in the new Culture and Economic Life series. Hooray!

grading

10/27: At grading sleepaway camp again with my colleagues from the Marknadsföring och organisation 1 course at Uppsala…

khio

10/17: Thanks to Professors Apolonija Šušteršič and Sunniva McAlinden as well as an amazing group of students for a great week at KHIO!

Save

10/4: Along with my normal teaching this fall (this and this), I’m happy to be heading to Oslo next week to teach a workshop on writing for artists I’m calling No More Arty Bollocks. Pretty much what it says on the tin.

9/20: Anna Lund and I have been lucky to secure funding from the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden at Linköping University and from Linnaeus University to invite researchers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Scotland for a workshop with us in Växjö about the arts and cultural policy. Looking forward to seeing Torun, Erik, Håkon, Johannes, Lisa, Åsa, and Ian there later this week!

8/17: On my way to ASA in Seattle and looking very much forward to seeing y’all there. My paper, with Clayton Childress, is available here.

7/17: SocArXiv is a great new open access repository for social scientists with some amazing sociologists behind the wheel. I’ve started posting preprints there ahead of the full rollout, and so should you. Enjoy!

Wool

5/30: I am back from an amazing week at Bergmangårdarna, Ingmar Bergman’s summer estate, where thanks to an award from Uppsala University and the estate I was able to hole up and finish the damn book. It’s on Fårö, which is an island off another island, far far away. I am, it turns out, not allowed to show you any pictures from this really very magical and wonderful place, so I will simply leave this picture of a pile of wool that I found in the woods here for your enjoyment.