The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Jennifer Lena

Columbia University
New York

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Jennifer C Lena is a cultural sociologist who studies classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories like genres. She works as an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. She is also the Thesis Advisor for the eMBA program at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, part of Steinbeis University.  She is co-editor (with Frederick Wherry and Greta Hsu) of a book series, Culture and Economic Life, published by Stanford University Press and a former co-editor of the journal Poetics. She starts her term as Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society in February 2022.
Lena holds an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, and a BA from Colgate University.
Dr. Lena has written three books: Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (Princeton 2012); Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts (Princeton 2019); and Measuring Culture (Columbia 2020). She's also written several dozen articles, reports, and other forms of public communication. 
She is a past fellow of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Barnard College. She is past Chair of the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association. Lena has served as Senior Research Scholar for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project at Indiana University, and assisted in the development and revision of that survey of over 200,000 graduates from art programs spread across North America. In 2000, she was Inaugural Resident Scholar at the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s show, “Hip Hop America: Roots, Rhythm and Rage.” Lena is reputed to be the first sociologist to commission a Grammy-nominated album: Hilos (composer: Gabriela Frank; performed by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; released in 2010 by Naxos Records). She is a frequent guest on the Soft Revolution podcast, with Torquil Campbell and Ali Momen.
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