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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, Cultural Markets, Globalization, Intellectuals and Knowledge, Sociology Theory
Larissa Buchholz

Larissa Buchholz is an award-winning sociologist who works at the intersections of the sociology of art and culture, global and transnational studies, and theory. She also has interests in comparative-historical sociology, the sociology of markets, and the sociology of intellectuals/knowledge. Having earned four graduate degrees (three master’s and a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University), Buchholz is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) at Northwestern University, a faculty fellow at the Critical Realism Network Yale University, and an editorial board member of Sociological Theory. Prior to that, she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, breaking barriers as the first woman elected from her discipline.

Buchholz’s recent book, The Global Rules of Art. (Princeton University Press, 2022) examines the emergence of a global cultural field and how artists from formerly colonized or “peripheral” countries reach global recognition after centuries of exclusion and discrimination. Among recent reviews, the book was described as “a stunning scholarly achievement,” “theoretically and empirically exceptional,” or “a reference book for now and future generations.” She has additionally published over twenty academic pieces (including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries), which have been cited by scholars on six continents across the social sciences and humanities.

Buchholz gave keynotes at nationally and internationally leading academic institutions, including Cambridge University, UK, the University of Pennsylvania, USA, the Max Planck Institute Cologne, Germany or Uppsala University, Sweden, among others. Her scholarship has garnered multiple awards, including a Fulbright Award, the Alex Inkeles Prize and Robert K. Merton Award at Columbia University, the outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association, a William F. Milton Fund Award at Harvard University, the Junior Theorist Prize of the International Sociological Association, the Junior Theorist Award of the American Sociological Association, or the outstanding recent Alumni Award of Columbia University. In addition to a Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows, she was awarded a Junior Thyssen Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University. In addition to her academic work, Buchholz has engaged in consulting for cultural organizations around the globe.

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  • Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
  • PhD, Sociology, Columbia University
  • M.Phil. Sociology, Columbia University
  • M.A. Stony Brook University
  • Magistra Artium, Cultural Sciences, Leuphana University, Germany

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2022 Faculty Honor RollNorthwestern University
  • 2020 Junior Thyssen Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University
  • 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