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Northwestern School of Communication

Larissa Buchholz

Assistant Professor
Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Room 2-156
Evanston, IL 60208

Area(s) of Expertise

Art and Cultural Production, Globalization, Sociology Theory
Larissa Buchholz

Larissa Buchholz is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Sociology (courtesy) at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern, she was a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, the first woman elected from her discipline. Buchholz’s substantive work centers on the dynamics of cultural production and markets in global context. Her first book, The Global Rules of Art: The Emergence and Divisions of a Cultural World Economy (Princeton University Press) , examines the emergence of a global art field and the different ways that artists become valued worldwide. A second book project explores the cross-border formation of audiences and taste cultures through the lens of global art collectors. Informed by her empirical research, Buchholz also engages with broader questions of methodology and theorizing in transnational and global analysis. Buchholz serves on the editorial board of Sociological Theory and is an affiliated faculty member of the Critical Realism Network at Yale University. For more information, see her personal site at

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  • Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
  • PhD, Sociology, Columbia University
  • Magistra Artium, Cultural Sciences, Leuphana University, Germany

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Junior Theorist Award, American Sociological Association
  • 2016 Junior Theorist Prize, International Sociological Association
  • 2016 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, Columbia University
  • 2014 William F. Milton Fund Award, Harvard University
  • 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association
  • 2013 Robert K. Merton Award for Best Dissertation, Department of Sociology, Columbia University


  • Global Culture? Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives
  • Creativity in Context
  • Globalization of Culture: Media, Artefacts, Identities
  • The Construction of Value in Cultural Markets
  • Media and Cultural Production Research Practicum
  • Cultural Nonprofit Organizations