David Grazian, Ph.D.


Professor of Sociology and CommunicationFaculty Director of Urban Studies


432 McNeil Building






Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, 2000
M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago, 1996
B.A., English and Sociology, Rutgers University, 1994

Research Interests

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; classical sociological theory; 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 Univ. Press, 2015). He is currently writing a book on nonstandard urban workspaces in the new economy for the University of Chicago Press. 

Courses Taught

SOCI/URBS 137: Sociology of Media and Popular Culture

SOCI 553: Field Methods of Social Research

SOCI 602: Classical Sociological Theory

URBS 699: Urban Studies Proseminar

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