Additional Sociologist Receives
2009 Guggenheim Fellowships
This past April, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the winners for the 85th annual Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. This year, 180 Fellowships were awarded to artists, scientists, and scholars, totaling $8,000,000. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of outstanding achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment. In addition to the three sociologist recipients (Robert Courtney Smith, John D. Stephens and Susan Cotts Watkins) reported in the May/June Footnotes, is Joshua Gamson from the University of San Francisco. He was awarded in the area of Humanities - Folklore & Popular Culture.
Joshua Gamson teaches Sociology of Culture, Sex and Sexualities, Television Culture, Sociology of Education, and Fieldwork in Sociology. His research and teaching focus on the sociology of culture, with an emphasis on contemporary Western commercial culture and mass media; social movements, especially on cultural aspects of contemporary movements; on participant-observation methodology and techniques, particularly as applied in urban settings; and on the history, theory, and sociology of sexuality. He is the author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary
America (1994) and Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (1998).