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Professor Ashley Mears elected section chair of the ASA Consumers and Consumption Section

June 17th, 2016 in Faculty, News

Professor Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears will serve as chair of the ASA Consumers and Consumption Section. She will join Professors Catherine Connell and Neha Gondal, who have also been elected to hold chair positions of the ASA. Congrats, Professor Mears! 

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Professor Stone and Graduate Alumni Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou Publish Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

September 9th, 2015 in Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, News

EREN-CoverThe Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism is a five volume, 1.5 million word reference work to be published in December 2015 by Wiley-Blackwell. Consisting of hundreds of entries written by leading experts on the topics from all over the world, it also has many contributions from scholars drawn from both the faculty and advanced graduate students from the Sociology Department and Boston University generally.

Among the five editors are John Stone, Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou, the last two being PhD sociology graduates who received their degrees in 2003 and 2008 respectively, and are currently Associate Professors at the Willamette Graduate School of Management in Portland OR and the sociology department of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. The department faculty who have contributed articles to the Encyclopedia include Nazli Kibria, Julian Go, Susan Eckstein, Liah Greenfeld, Sigrun Olafsdottir and Ashley Mears, as well as more than a dozen by John Stone. A select group of some of our best PhD and MA students, from Sociology, African American Studies, Sociology and Social Work, and other social science programs have also written on their specialist areas. The Encyclopedia will be a definitive reference work providing insight and understanding about so many of the central challenges confronting modern society.

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Professor Ashley Mears Gives Keynote Speech at the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

March 19th, 2014 in Faculty, News

Ashley Mears

Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears gave the Keynote speech, titled “Girl Capital in the Consolidation of Class among Elites: A Relational Approach to Ownership,”  at the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference.

Hosted by the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University on March 15th, 2014, this conference “is an annual graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-area sociology departments, including DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. It provides a venue for graduate students to share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area.”[1] Also featured was Dr. Nina Eliasoph of the University of Southern California.

For more information, please see the conference website.

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Professor Ashley Mears at the University of Amsterdam

September 30th, 2013 in Faculty, News

Ashley Mears

Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears is on leave in Fall 2013 and is traveling to Amsterdam as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Amsterdam in the Amsterdam Resarch Center for Gender and Sexuality program. She is working on a book manuscript on elite consumption and gender among the global jet set.

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Professor Ashley Mears to Present in the Discoveries Lecture Series: Pricing Looks, Pricing Gender

April 25th, 2013 in Faculty, News

Discoveries Lecture

Next Tuesday, April 30th, the Discoveries Lecture Series will feature Professor Ashley Mears, who will present “Pricing Looks, Pricing Gender: How Women Earn More Than Men in a Few Rare Fields.”

Tuesday, April 30th at 7PM
The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University
213 Bay State Road, 4th Floor
Boston, MA

Registration for this event is now closed.

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Professor Ashley Mears Comments on Fashion Week

February 21st, 2013 in Faculty, News

Ashley Mears

National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” took note of this year’s New York Fashion Week with a story noting the dominance of white models on the runways.  In the February 15 story, they included note of Ashley Mears’s book Pricing Beauty and incorporated a comment from Professor Mears.  Listen to the full story on their website.

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January 17th, 2012 in Faculty, News

The Boston Globe Sunday magazine featured a multi-page account of Professor Ashley Mears’ study of the modeling industry.

Click here for the full page article

also, don’t miss BU Today’s feature article: “High Heeled Scholarship”, January 24th 2012.

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September 8th, 2011 in Faculty, News

Responding to the release of Prof. Ashley Mears’ new book, “Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model”, Slate.com (http://www.slate.com/id/2303242/) places her work in the long line of important sociological work based on researchers “embedding” themselves in an industry. Her participant observation and interviewing in the modeling industry provides dozens of important insights.

The buzz about Prof. Mears’ book also includes a write-up in the Boston Globe

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August 29th, 2011 in Faculty, News


Prof. Mears’ pathbreaking study of the fashion modeling industry has just been published by University of California Press.  The book builds on Mears’ ethnographic observations and interviews to examine the economics and politics, as well as the racial and gender boundaries of the glamour industry.

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February 7th, 2011 in Faculty, News

Assistant Professor Ashley Mears was recently quoted in the January 21st edition of the New York Times, talking about the concerns of men in dealing with body images.  and The article can be found by following the link below:


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