Professor Ghaziani studies the cultural, political, and spatial expressions of sexuality, and he has dedicated his career to bringing such matters to the forefront of the discipline.
He has researched topics that range from measurement to mobilization and the metropolis. Despite this diversity, however, there are common questions motivate his work: How can we characterize the social organization of sexuality? And how do these arrangements change over time, across political contexts, and in urban and non-urban settings alike?
He has used these broad curiosities to advance research streams in the study of culture (where he focuses on how to measure meanings using qualitative approaches), social movements (where he thinks about the relationship between infighting and insurrection), and urban sociology (where he explores the link between geography and sexual identity).
Professor Ghaziani’s recent book on gay neighbourhoods has been featured in news outlets in 6 different countries (Canada, Colombia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United States), including The American Prospect, The New Yorker, Time magazine, Salon, Slate, BBC Radio 4 (UK), CBC radio and television (Canada), Chicago Tribune, Times Higher Education (UK), The Monocle Daily (UK radio), National Post (Canada), Irish Examiner, Philadelphia Weekly, Seattle Times, SF Weekly, Standpoint magazine (UK), Vancouver Sun, and Vice magazine (US, UK, Canada, and Colombia). In addition, he has been invited to speak on National Public Radio (NPR) stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.
Awards and Distinctions
Author Meets Critic, American Sociological Association (ASA), 2015
(There Goes the Gayborhood?)
Author Meets Critic, Association of American Geographers, 2015
(There Goes the Gayborhood?)
Wall Scholar (residential fellowship), Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2014
Killam Teaching Prize for Distinguished Instruction, 2014
Best Article Award from the Collective Behavior/Social Movements (CBSM) section of the ASA (“Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences”), 2012
Clifford Geertz Best Article Honorable Mention Award from the Sociology of Culture section of the ASA (“Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences”), 2012
Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2012
Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence (finalist) from the British Sociological Association (“The Constraints of Culture”), 2010
Charles Tilly Honorable Mention Award for Best Book from the CBSM section of the ASA (The Dividends of Dissent), 2009
Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Best Book in LGBT Studies, Lambda Literary Foundation, (The Dividends of Dissent), 2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Princeton Society of Fellows
(5 fellows selected from a pool of 1000 applicants), 2008-2011
Selected Books and Articles
Ghaziani, Amin.2014. There Goes the Gayborhood? Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology Series).
Ghaziani, Amin. 2014. “Measuring Urban Sexual Cultures.” Theory & Society 43(3-4): 371-93.
Mohr, John and Amin Ghaziani. 2014. “Problems and Prospects of Measurement in the Study of Culture.” Theory & Society 43(3-4): 225-46.
Ghaziani, Amin and Delia Baldassarri. 2011. “Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences: A Multi-method Analysis of LGBT Marches on Washington.” American Sociological Review 76(2): 179-206.
Ghaziani, Amin. 2011. “Post-Gay Collective Identity Construction.” Social Problems 58(1): 99-125.
Ghaziani, Amin. 2010. “There Goes the Gayborhood?” Contexts 9(3): 64-66.
Ghaziani, Amin. 2009. “An ‘Amorphous Mist’? The Problem of Measurement in the Study of Culture.” Theory & Society 38(6): 581-612.
Ghaziani, Amin. 2008. The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Zuniga, José M., Alan Whiteside, Amin Ghaziani, and John G. Bartlett (Eds.) 2008. A Decade of HAART: The Development and Global Impact of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.
SOCI217A Research Methods - RESEARCH METHODS Sections
Introduction to research designs and methodologies.
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SOCI369A Sociology of Sexualities - SOCIO OF SEXUAL Sections
Historical and social construction of sexual identities, desires, communities, and politics in the twentieth century.
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Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2006
M.S., Northwestern university, 2002
B.A., University of Michigan, 1998
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Critical Studies in Sexuality Program
Amin Ghaziani is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.
He received his Ph.D. in a sociology and organization behavior joint program from Northwestern University in 2006. Before joining the faculty at UBC, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows (2008 – 2011).
Professor Ghaziani’s publications consider how sexual minorities politically organize themselves at the national level — and its theoretical implications for whether the culture concept is coherent and if dissent is divisive (American Sociological Review 2011, award-winning lead article); how our cultural understandings of sexuality are changing in the so-called “post-gay” era (Social Problems 2011); the problem of measurement in social scientific studies of culture (Theory and Society 2009); how to measure urban sexual cultures (Theory and Society 2014); the effects of infighting in LGBT Marches on Washington (award-winning University of Chicago Press book 2008); and the alleged demise of iconic urban gay neighborhoods (Princeton University Press book 2014).
Professor Ghaziani has won several awards for his research and teaching, including a 2009 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best Book in LGBT Studies (The Dividends of Dissent); 2009 Charles Tilly Honorable Mention Award for Best Book from the Collective Behavior/Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association (The Dividends of Dissent); 2010 Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence Finalist from the British Sociological Association (The Constraints of Culture); 2012 Clifford Geertz Honorable Mention Award for Best Article from the Sociology of Culture section (Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences); 2012 Best Article Award from the Collective Behavior/Social Movements section (Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences); and a 2014 Killam Teaching Prize from UBC. The Princeton Society of Fellows, Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline have all supported his work in various ways over the years.
His first book, The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington (Chicago, 2008), showcases the unexpected, generative effects of political infighting on Washington march organizing. The book was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies. It won the 2009 Charles Tilly Honorable Mention Award for Best Book from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association.
Professor Ghaziani has co-edited A Decade of HAART: The Development and Global Impact of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (Oxford, 2008). This book reviews the achievements of HAART over its first decade and explores possible challenges that may arise in the future. It recounts key landmarks in the development and introduction of HAART from the perspective of clinicians, economists, sociologists, and public policy experts. The volume includes a contribution from the co-discoverers of HIV, Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo.
He also co-edited a special issue in the journal Theory & Society on Measuring Culture. The volume was inspired by a conference of the same name that he organized with John Mohr in 2012 at UBC. The impetus for our gathering was a shared sense that although social scientific studies of “culture” have made great strides on conceptual clarification of the concept (its many meanings), we still have made but little progress on the problem of how to measure it (ways of operationalizing it, determining appropriate indicators for it, breaking it down into observable analytic units, and thus studying it). The issue contains 11 original articles that reflect the dynamism and diversity of the subfield.
Princeton University Press has just published Professor Ghaziani’s most recent book (on August 10, 2014) as part of the Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology series. It is entitled There Goes the Gayborhood? Urban gay districts have long provided sexual minorities with a safe haven in often unsafe world. But as our society increasingly accepts gays and lesbians into the mainstream, are “gayborhoods” destined to disappear?
The book has received an extraordinary amount of media attention – and the discussion itself has been intelligent and well-informed. It has been debated in The American Prospect, The New Yorker, USA Today, Time magazine, Salon, Vox, Governing magazine, Next City magazine, Standpoint magazine, Vice magazine (Canada, UK, US, and Colombia), the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, SF Weekly, Philadelphia Weekly, National Post, Vancouver Sun, the Advocate, Yahoo News, the Huffington Post, and Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, among others. Professor Ghaziani has also given interviews on BBC Radio 4 (Thinking Allowed), The Monocle Daily (UK), CBC television, CBC radio, and NPR stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Seattle, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.