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Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Patricia Ann Banks is a sociologist of culture who studies art patronage and the art market. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class (Routledge 2010) she traverses the New York and Atlanta art worlds to uncover how black identities are cultivated through black art patronage. Her current research addresses topics such as the market for contemporary African art, e-commerce in the art market, and patronage at African American museums.

413-538-2324
114B Porter Hall
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Monday 12:20-1:00pm
Professor of Sociology, On Leave Spring 2016
413-538-2802
121 Porter Hall
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By appointment only
Professor of Sociology, Director of Nexus, on leave Fall 2016

Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Townsley served as an associate dean of faculty from 2012-2016 and is the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program.

413-538-2803
122 Porter Hall
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Professor of Sociology
413-538-2804
125 Porter Hall
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Staff

Michelle Pietras

Academic Department Coordinator
413-538-2283
102 Porter Hall
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Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Visiting Faculty

Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
413-538-2803
115 Porter Hall
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Tuesday 12:00-1:00, Thurs. 12:00-2:00pm

Nickie Michaud Wild

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
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By appointment only