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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


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



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

5/31: Good news! We’ve been awarded 450,000 crowns in funding from the Crafoord Foundation to support our work in the Rädda Bildarvet (aka Rädda Bildminnet) project. It’s a collaboration between the sociology department at Lund University and Landskrona Foto, and we’re focused on photographs as data + practice across disciplines, the development of new search + discovery tools for digitized images, and the value + valuation of photographic cultural heritage. Thanks much to Crafoordska!

5/29: A new network at Lund University for research on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning just launched, and I’ve been really impressed at the level to which the social sciences and humanities are represented in the network and how central their voices are, along with the math and computer science folks you’d expect. There’s a proto-website where you can find out more, and if you’re interested you should definitely put a “save the date” in your calendar for the next fika-to-fika all-day meetings on September 26 and November 22.

4/27: Clayton and I wrote up a summary of our American Behavioral Scientist article (preprint available here) for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) DataBrief; you can read our overview here. I also gave a talk to the SNAAP+ Leadership Forum yesterday, which is a pretty great group of art school folks from all over the country; I think it was recorded, and I’ll link to it once I can. Thanks much to SNAAP for letting us peek into their data, and especially to Associate Research Director Alex Frenette for helping us with the numbers and for his kind welcome last night.

3/22: There’s a thoughtful review of my new book in the Culture Section’s winter newsletter. Thanks to Whitney Johnson for taking the time to read and write about my work!

3/19: Was happy to present preliminary work on the Rädda Bildminnet project and plans for the future together with Landskrona Foto at a seminar on photographic preservation and access as part of the National Archives’ 400th birthday tour. Very roughly, our work includes a couple of interconnected projects, including the development of new digital search and discovery tools for digitized images and an investigation of photography as data and practice across disciplines in academic research. Get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more about what we’re doing or working with us!

3/15: Back from three days outside Oslo with the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and their research fellows. Norway is moving towards its own “artistic research” model quite distinct from others, and it was an interesting meeting, with some really excellent work. Check out Bull.Miletic for an example of the kinds of things happening over there, or maybe go spend some time with Bjørn Erik Haugen’s work; pictured here, a lovely scratch-off postcard from Juliane Zelwies inviting participation in her research.

2/19: Heading to Baltimore for Easterns and very much looking forward to it. Come by and say hi at one of the two panels I’ll be a part of on Thursday the 22nd: at noon I’ll be on a pretty amazing panel talking about new work, and then at 3:30 we’ll do an author-meets-critics type thing about my book that came out just now – I’m pretty excited to hear what these folks think! Hope to see you there-

1/22: I did an interview about my new book with Dave O’Brien on the New Books Network. You can get it as a podcast, or you can stream / download it here. Hope you like it!

1/10: If you follow me on the sosh meeds you probably are aware that there was sort of a viral kerfluffle last month. If you got in touch with me at the end of December about something real, apologies for the fact that I probably didn’t see your message or respond, and give me another holler if you feel so moved.

12/1: New digs at Lund University officially occupied. It’s an old and odd place, and I look forward to finding out more about its nooks and crannies (pictured: Nasoteket, the museum of noses).