Alison Gerber

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2014  Ph.D., Sociology
Title: Art Work? Tradition, Rationalization, and the Valuation of Contemporary Artistic Practice. Supervisor: Julia Adams. Committee: Frederick Wherry, Amy Wrzesniewski, Rene Almeling. Degree awarded December 13, 2014
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


2020- Assistant Professor (senior lecturer / biträdande universitetslektor), Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden
2017-2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden
2015-17 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden


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

Refereed articles
Gerber, Alison. “Black Hole Suns: Binarism and Gravity in Cultural Fields.” Culture Unbound. Forthcoming (in press).
Gerber, Alison and Clayton Childress. 2017. “The Economic World Obverse: Freedom Through Markets After Arts Education.” American Behavioral Scientist 61(12): 1532–1554.
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):234-254.
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. Review of Gary Alan Fine, Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education. Contemporary Sociology. Forthcoming (in press).
Gerber, Alison. 2017. “Newspaper Refuses To Give An Artist Credit For Her Work.” Hyperallergic.
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.


2017-present: Lund University, Sweden. Teaching in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate School. Development of a new course on qualitative analysis for the Graduate School. Supervision of BA student theses. Courses include Social Psychology and Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Method, Preconditions for Planning- Introduction to Sociology, Qualitative Analysis and Coding, Social Psychology, The Sociology of Human Development, Managing Sustainability, and Society and Collective Behaviour.
2015-2017: Uppsala University, Sweden. Teaching in the Departments of Sociology, Social and Economic Geography, and Business Studies. Development of a new course in the analysis of social and economic organization for a new interdisciplinary MA program. Supervision of BA and MA students, outside reader for PhD theses (Su-Hyun Berg, Chiara Valli). Courses include Introduction to the Social Analysis of Economic Life, Method and Analysis, Master’s Thesis Course in Cultural Geography, Marketing and Organizations, and Economic Geography.
2010-2014: Yale University, USA. Teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology. Courses include Foundations of Modern Theory, Sex and Gender in Society, Health of the Public, The Evolution of Beauty, and The Arts and Popular Culture.